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Jean-Michel Basquiat

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Joe Rodgers

on 1 April 2015

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Transcript of Jean-Michel Basquiat

Background
Born in December 22, 1960 in Brooklyn, New York.
Inspired by watching cartoons at an early age.
Inspired by Grey's Anatomy
Started spray painting grafitti with Al Diaz.

SAMO
Influences
Andy Warhol
Pablo Picasso
Jean Dubuffet
Basquiat's Crown
Signaled his ambition and understanding of art history.
Wanted to be king of the pack
Uses the pseudonym SAMO
Tagged subway trains and buildings.
Trilingual. By 11 he could speak fluently French, English, and Spanish
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Collabortation with Al Diaz
Created no graffiti works on paper and cavaces with just the tag.
Killed SAMO with "SAMO is DEAD
Themes
Political
Focused on racism, history, and political structures.
Enigmatic messages in artwork
Athletes, prophets, warriors, cops, musicians, kings and the artist himself
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