A Closer Look at Jean-Michel Basquiat

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Charlotte Duffield offers a look at Jean-Michel Basquiat, who, as the talented son of a Haitian-American father and a Puerto Rican mother and raised in Brooklyn, took New York City by storm. [For more on the artist, see previous posts Art Exhibition: Basquiat, Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, Jean-Michel Basquiat Retrospective in Paris, and Jean-Michel Basquiat and “The Last Hollywood Africans”.]

The artist Jean Michel Basquiat is not conventionally known, yet his work is instantly recognisable for its graffiti-style, bold lines and graphic figures, which convey a lively spirit and raw emotion. Basquiat was an intelligent and gifted child who fled his home in Brooklyn at the age of fifteen to dwell in the New York underground jazz scene. He forged a life as a street poet who emblazoned the streets of downtown Manhattan with intricate aphorisms under the copyrighted name SAMO, before he began painting…

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