Jean Michel Basquiat is an artist from the 1980′s that I have recently familiarised myself with. I love his work and have taken a lot of inspiration from it for my own textiles art. I really recommend this documentary, It was recommended to me by my brother and I found it extremely insightful and interesting. I know the 1 hour and a half documentary can seem daunting, but it really is worth the watch, one evening instead of your typical TV reality show for example!
Quick summary – Jean Michel Basquiat is an american painter born in Brooklyn in 1960. He started as a Graffiti artist in the emerging ‘Punk’ era of NY. However he rose very quickly from a downtown artist to an internationally celebrated artist within two years after his work was featured in a group show. His rise coincided with an emerging art movement, the Neo-Expressionism, a wave of new young, experimental artists.
Sadly Jean Michel had a growing drug addiction through out the 80′s and he died of a drug overdose on August 12th 1988 at only 27.
Although his art career was brief, Jean-Michel Basquiat is now regarded as an International artist, credited with bringing the African-American and Latino experience in the elite art world.