I watched the film Basquiat on a long flight home from Frankfurt to YYZ. This film woke me up to the utter brilliance that is Jean-Michel Basquiat. I've always admired him, but I never did love his work the way that I do now.
Basquiat was a Neo-Expressionist painter. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and was of Haitian-American-Puerto Rican descent. His graffiti name was "Samo" and he was close friends and collaborator with the late Andy Warhol.
Viewing Basquiat's work, I see movement, poetry, colour and emotion. I am provoked to excitement, gratefulness, somlemness and sometimes even laughter. His art is no joke, but I definitely react to a dark sense of humour in some of his paintings. I am also especially drawn to his graphic use of words and letters.
In May 2013, the artist's painting, Dustheads (1982), sold for $48.8 million.
This leads me to ponder the following quote from the movie, Basquiat:
God's gift to be free. I want this more than anything for my "art" and my work. Super inspired. Good night.