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Jean Michel Basquiat: Artist Biography

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Melissa Eilertson

on 18 March 2013

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Jean Michel Basquiat Melissa Eilertson
EED-341 "Believe it or not, I can actually draw" Basquiat Becomes Interested in Art The 80's Showing the World Postcards Lead the Way 27 At an early age Basquiat shows an affinity for drawing, he makes drawings inspired by television cartoons.
His mother has a strong interest in fashion design and sketching, she frequently draws with Jean.
Basquiat often visits the Brooklyn Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
His mother continues to encourage his interest in art and emphasizes the importance of education. Basquiat first attracted attention for his graffiti in New York City in the late 1970's, under the name "SAMO". Working with a close friend, he tagged subway trains and Manhattan building with cryptic aphorisms. Jean-Michel lived like a flame. He burned really bright. Then the fire went out. But the embers are still hot.Basquiat lived on the streets; to make ends meet he sold postcards featuring his artwork on the streets of NewJean-Michel lived like a flame. He burned really bright. Then the fire went out. But the embers are still hot. York
His postcards are a mix of graffiti art and abstract expressionism
they focus on baseball players, the Kennedy assassination and consumer items
He sold a postcard to Andy Warhol; who in the future becomes a friend and collaborator In 1980 Basquiats work is publicly displayed for the first time in the "Times Square Show" a group exhibition. His work and style received critical acclaim for the fusion of words, symbols, stick figures and animals. After having a successful collaboration with Andy Warhol that feautured corporate logos and cartoon characters Basquiate set out to show the world what he could do.
He had exhibitions in Africa but his most famous exhibition is in Kestner-Gesellschaft Gallery in Hanover, Germany. This exhibits more than 60 paintings and drawings of Basquiats. And at the age of 25 he is the youngest artist to ever showcase work there. "Since I was 17, I though I might be a star. I'd think about all my heroes, Charlie Parker, Jimi Hendrix...I had a romantic feeling of how people had become famous." - Basquiat Basquiat was born December 22nd 1960 in Brooklyn, NY. With a Haitian-American father and a Puerto Rican mother, Basquiat's diverse cultural heritage was one of his many sources of inspiration. Attention in the Streets On August 12, 1988 at 27 years old Jean Michele Basquiat died of a drug overdose in New York. His popularity was soaring but so were his problems. How I would use Jean Michele Basquiats art in my classroom:

Using any and everything as a blank canvas. I would allow my students to use scraps, milk cartons, cardboard out of the recycling. Teaching my students that anything can be turned into art.

Allowing words or the idea of graffiti to be excepted in the classroom. If you are drawing a picture of a lion and you just need to add the word "ROAR" in big bold letters to get your message across that should be allowed.

Teaching my students that there are no mistakes would be very important to me. Basquiat made mistakes but they turned into opportunities on the canvas or a new idea. He never threw a painting away because he painted outside the lines; students shouldn't either.

One of the reasons why I feel Basquiat would work great in the classroom is because his work is very childlike. He uses stick figures and symbols, bright colors and takes as much time on a postcard as he does a 70x70 canvas.
"Jean-Michel lived like a flame. He burned really bright. Then the fire went out. But the embers are still hot." - Fred Braithwaite
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