Jean Michael Basquiat was an African American Painter part of the Neo- Expressionism movement and was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1960. Coming from the “punk” and “graffiti” scene in New York, Basquiat has now become one of the most celebrated African American Painters in the Neo- Expressionism movement. Basquiat’s work is considered “unstudied” because he didn’t go to school for art. Even though the appearance of his work seems to be unstudied he skillfully created collages using a lot of urban influences and African-Caribbean tradition. One of my favorite Basquiat paintings is untitled and was painted (1982). In this untitled painting Basquiat uses images that are often associated with African art, a skull, a bone, and an arrow but Basquiat modernizes the images in his Neo- Expressionist style using thickly applied paint and rapidly rendered subjects.
So within the context of the movie Basquait the story emerges of a Haitian-American kid, who has 'seen the streets' and lived on the hard side of the tracks. Carrying his copy of 'Greys Anatomy' he dissects the streets, dissects and illustrates what he finds beneath and this dissects society and his own fractured place in it. His art even looks a bit like the anatomical drawings of Greys Anatomy and it is this ferocious dissection that formed the basis of a lot of his work. Although Mayer said “Basquiat speaks articulately while dodging the full impact of clarity like a matador. We can read his pictures without strenuous effort—the words, the images, the colors and the construction—but we cannot quite fathom the point they belabor” it is maybe through the lens of thinking about his background as a child who had a challenging childhood that we can figure out what was going on (2205 50). His painting of an African-American policeman with its huge size and broken body may give a further clue with the cultural / race identity confusion of his childhood in the 1960's and 1970's very evident. It is these pressures combined with the pressures of the corporate money-focused art-as-currency/investment discourse that must surely impact on an artist such as Basquiat: painting from within the establishment and making money from it a mechanism that can only
Jean-Michel Basquiat emerged from the punk scene in New York as a street-smart graffiti artist. He successfully crossed over his downtown origins to the international art gallery circuit. Basquiat’s work is one of the few examples of how an early 1980’s American graffiti-based could become a fully recognized artist. Despite his work’s unstudied appearance, Basquiat very skillfully and purposefully brought together in his art a host of disparate traditions, practices and styles to create a unique kind of visual collage. His work is an example of how American artists of the 1980’s could reintroduce the human figure in their work after the wide success of minimalism and conceptualism.
“Basquiat, The Radiant Child” is a documentary about a young artist of the early 2000’s. This young artist left home to begin his journey; he started out as a bum with nothing and became a street artist. Obviously, Basquiat was very driven by his work otherwise he wouldn’t have taken such a big risk. For this reason, many people were inspired by him and loved what he was doing. I however wasn’t a big fan of his. Throughout the documentary his friends and other artist talk about how he would pretty much mooch off of other people; although his friends said it in a nicer way. He even told his girlfriend that he couldn’t work because he didn’t like how people treated him, so she had to pay for their rent on her own. I personally felt like this
His mother, who was something of an amateur artist herself, frequently took him to visit New York’s many art museums, and even enrolled him in a children’s program at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Basquiat would later credit his mother with getting him started as an artist. Basquiat’s first artistic works were cartoon drawings, often of characters from Alfred Hitchcock films. Basquiat would sit beside his mother at night, drawing his cartoon sketches while she worked on her own designs.” From what I have researched I have learned that Basquiat and his father did not have a good relationship.
The artwork uses many values and shades of colors. There are four different figures in the painting. One that is a baby covered with this transparent material that is streaming throughout the entire thing. There is a pale women that is admiring her beauty and is not paying attention to her surroundings. She has long, wavy hair which she is fixing while looking at her reflection. The next figure is an older version of her. She is darker than the other women with wrinkles that shows the aging of the lady. The last figure is at the right holding an hourglass on the top of the painting. It is a warning of how much time she has left before death. Her body is all scrawny and her bones are showing. It looks like she represents death with her hair being all fallen out. The pale women is dominant in the painting. The rest of the painting is dark and it looks like the artist only used a few colors for the painting.
Du Bois is concerned with three main ideas within his essay, those being beauty, art as propaganda and how African Americans and their art will be ultimately judged. Beauty, however, is not how you view something’s allure to Du Bois, but rather who is it that will describe what is classical and beautiful? Suggesting that African Americans fit this role perfectly, Du Bois states “pushed aside as we have been in America, there has come to us not only a certain distaste for the tawdry and flamboyant but a vision of what the world could be if it were really a beautiful world.” He is also interested in how Negro art will distinguish itself from the works of other non-black artists.
In the late 1900’s the art world became even more evolved from Impressionism, Fauvism, Futurism, and Abstract styles of art. Neo-Expressionism, a style of painting, and some sculpture, which emerged in the early 1980s, usually characterized by a return to figuration in expressive, gestural, and sometimes brashly aggressive works. This art movement was mostly associated with artist from New York like Julian Schnabel, David Salle, and Eric Fischl (Artsy.com). Of these artist there was one African-American, by the name of Jean-Michel Basquiat, genius of his time, and currently one of the world’s most renounced artist. His shaky upbringing along with his feelings towards situations in his personal life and cultural issues during is time,
While the painters after the Impressionism period were collectively called the “Post-Impressionists,” the label is quite reductive. Each artist had their own unique style, from Seurat’s pointillism to Signac’s mosaic-like divisionism, Cezanne, Émile Bernard, and others. These artists were all connected in that they were reacting to the aesthetics of Impressionism. Two of the more influential painters from this movement were Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin, who aimed to connect with viewers on a deeper level by access Nature’s mystery and meaning beyond its superficial, observable level. However, each artist’s approach to achieving this goal was different. In close examination of Vincent van Gogh’s Self-Portrait (Dedicated to Paul Gauguin) and Paul Gauguin’s Self-Portrait with Portrait of Émile Bernard (Les misérables), one may clearly see the two artists’ contrasting styles on display.
The Black Arts movement refers to a period of “furious flowering” of African American creativity beginning in the mid-1960’s and continuing through much of the 1970’s (Perceptions of Black). Linked both chronologically and ideologically with the Black Power Movement, The BAM recognized the idea of two cultural Americas: one black and one white. The BAM pressed for the creation of a distinctive Black Aesthetic in which black artists created for black audiences. The movement saw artistic production as the key to revising Black American’s perceptions of themselves, thus the Black Aesthetic was believed to be an integral component of the economic, political, and cultural empowerment of the Black
When Jean-Michel Basquiat was invigorating the oppressed art movement of street art, Madonna was an upcoming singer. After a couple of years, and while he was creating amongst, with and for the LA and New York’s art elite, Madonna was still an unknown but aspiring entertainer and they were together.
In the featured pop art piece “Race Riot,” the artist, Andy Warhol, depicts racial tension that often occurred in the mid 20th century. During the 1960s, racism was on a high among the American people, with a particular focus on the African American race that was trying to pass the American Civil Rights Movement. The art piece addresses not only Warhol’s political views, but also the inequality people faced in a land that was meant to be “free”.
Society seems to change and advance so rapidly throughout the years but there has always seemed to be a history, present, and future when it comes to the struggles of the African Americans. The hatred of a skin tone has caused people to act in violent and horrifying ways including police brutality, riots, mass incarcerations, and many more. There are three movements the renaissance, civil rights, and the black lives matter movements that we have focused on. Our artist come from different eras but have at least one similarity which is the attention on black art.
Vincent Van Gogh is one of the most famous artists of all time. He is known for his paintings and is hailed as the quintessential expressionist painter in history. Yet, Van Gogh lived one of the most troubling lives one could ever imagine. Almost every painting can be viewed as a look into his troubled soul. Van Gogh’s Paintings today can be sold for millions of dollars, but during his life time he sold a single painting for a measly 40 francs. Van Gogh’s legacy has left behind stories of greatness and sadness having to do with both his personal life and his career as an artist.
A great artist once wrote, “If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced”. This artist was Vincent van Gogh, soon to be an appraised artist known all around the world for his works, such as Starry Night. He is one of the very first artists of the post-impressionist style than is now adored in every continent. However, there is much more to the man than one painting. Creating a full timeline that stretches beyond Gogh’s life, this paper will discuss the life of Vincent van Gogh and the impression he made on the world.