Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960 – 1988) was an American artist who first achieved notoriety as part of SAMO, an informal graffiti group who wrote enigmatic epigrams in the cultural hotbed of the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York City during the late 1970s where the hip hop, post-punk and street art movements had coalesced. By the 1980s, Basquiat was internationally exhibiting his Neo-expressionist and Primitivist paintings in galleries and museums.
Basquiat’s art focused on “suggestive dichotomies,” such as wealth versus poverty, integration versus segregation, and inner versus outer experience. He appropriated poetry, drawing and painting, and married text and image, abstraction and figuration, and historical information mixed with contemporary critique. (per Wiki)
Two important Basquiat exhibitions taking place in 2015:
April 3–August 23, 2015 at the Brooklyn Museum
Exhibitions: Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks Brooklyn-born artist Jean-Michel Basquiat filled numerous notebooks with poetry fragments, wordplay, sketches, and personal observations ranging from street life and popular culture to themes of race, class, and world history. The first major exhibition of the artist’s notebooks, Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks features 160 pages of these rarely seen documents, along with related works on paper and large-scale paintings. This is one of Huff Post’s 21 Art Exhibitions You’ll Be Talking About This Year
Read more about The Unknown Notebooks of Jean-Michel Basquiat at The New York Times
Currently on exhibition through May 10th 2015 at the Art Gallery of Toronto
Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time Guest-curated by renowned Austrian art historian, curator and critic Dieter Buchhart, the AGO’s exhibition will be the first thematic examination of the artist’s work. Inspired as much by high art — Abstract Expressionism and Conceptualism — as by jazz, sports, comics, remix culture and graffiti, Basquiat translated the world around him into a provocative visual language.
Check out this Basquiat Media Preview At The Ago | An Exhibit ‘For’ Toronto And ‘Of’ Toronto at Girl About Toronto