Jean-Michel Basquiat was a great American artist. He is an acclaimed Neo-expressionist and Primitivist painter that reached his prime in the 1980s. He’s considered a rebel in his own right and is our Rebel Representor of the week. View this interesting painting and share your thoughts about its meaning. What does Basquiat’s painting mean to you?
“Basquiat’s canon revolves around single heroic figures: athletes, prophets, warriors, cops, musicians, kings and the artist himself. In these images the head is often a central focus, topped by crowns, hats, and halos. In this way the intellect is emphasized, lifted up to notice, privileged over the body and the physicality of these figures (i.e. black men) commonly represent in the world.”
— Kellie Jones, Lost in Translation: Jean-Michel in the (Re)Mix