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Jean-Michel Basquiat : Street to Studio

Philistines
1982. Acrylic and oil paintstick on canvas.

untitled
acrylic and mixed media on canvas 1984

Untitled (Pecho/Oreja)
acrylic and mixed media on canvas 1982/83

Horn Players
1983. Acrylic and oil paintstick on three canvas panels.

untitled
Acrylic and oil paintstick on three canvas panels.

In Italian
1983. Acrylic, oil paintstick and marker on canvas mounted on wood supports.

Charles the First
1982. Acrylic and oil paintstick on canvas. 78 x 62 in.

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988) was born and raised in Brooklyn, the son of a Haitian-American father and a Puerto Rican mother. At an early age, he showed a precocious talent for drawing, and his mother enrolled him as a Junior Member of the Brooklyn Museum when he was six. Basquiat first gained notoriety as a teenage graffiti poet and musician. By 1981, at the age of twenty, he had turned from spraying graffiti on the walls of buildings in Lower Manhattan to selling paintings in SoHo galleries, rapidly becoming one of the most accomplished artists of his generation. Astute collectors began buying his art, and his gallery shows sold out. Critics noted the originality of his work, its emotional depth, unique iconography, and formal strengths in color, composition, and drawing. By 1985, he was featured on the cover of The New York Times Magazine as the epitome of the hot, young artist in a booming market. Tragically, Basquiat began using heroin and died of a drug overdose when he was just twenty-seven years old. [extract brooklyn museum]

Street to Studio : Brooklyn Museum

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