This is exceptional! LOVE Basquiat. Enjoy!
Last night I watched a DVD documentary on the 1980s artist Jean Michel Basquiat, called “The Radiant Child”, which included footage from an interview done in 1985 in LA. The picture above is from another interview, I’d guess around 1982, and I just liked it cause he’s unexpectedly wearing the Wesleyan shirt (my alma mater).
In recent years I’ve come to appreciate his work more and more. He grew up in Brooklyn in relatively well-off circumstance, but apparently had quite a complicated relationship with his businessman father, and ran away from home several times. He ran away for good at age 17 in 1978 to Manhattan, and his initial efforts were doing graffiti with a friend under the name SAMO. This was not standard graffiti – SAMO had messages for the world which were legibly written on building walls in block letters. Despite being mostly homeless, he had a…
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