August 2018: 60 years since the Birth of Jean-Michel Basquiat
Jean-Michel Basquiat (22 December 1960 – 12 August 1988).
He first achieved fame as part of SAMO, an informal graffiti duo who wrote enigmatic epigrams in the cultural hotbed of the Lower East Side of Manhattan during the late 1970s where the hip hop, punk, and street art movements had coalesced. By the 1980s, he was exhibiting his neo-expressionist paintings in galleries and museums around the world.
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 combined text and image, abstraction, figuration, and historical information mixed with contemporary critique.