Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)


 [Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) - photographed by Allen Ginsberg, December 20, 1987 - c. The Estate of Allen Ginsberg]

Jean-Michel Basquait died on this day, twenty-seven years ago today (has it really been that long?) 

Currently up at Brooklyn Museum a selection from Basquiat's Notebooks 

From this past June on Hyperallergic Megan Liberty - "An Intimate Reading of Jean-Michel Basquiat's poetry".

Here's the ever-perceptive Luc Sante on Basquiat's Notebooks - in the New York Times 

Rene Ricard's groundbreaking December 1981 article (on Basquait and Keith Haring) in Artforum - "The Radiant Child" can be found here

"Five Fish Species", Basquait's hommage to his hero, William S Burroughs came up for auction at Sotherby's a couple of years ago, and can be seen in reproduction here:









[Jean-Michel Basquiat, Willam Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg - Photos by Victor Bockris]


4 comments:

  1. And here I am reading my poem, Jean-Michel Basquiat, celebrating the achievement of this great artist, at the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate his studio. My reading starts at the 16:00 minute mark, but the whole vid is filled with potent oratory and poetry:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEOz9K3rLU4

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  2. Lol never heard of him and apparently no one else has either,

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    1. and no one will ever hear of you, ah

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  3. Really love his spontaneity and sincerity - a great artist and human being

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