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Let’s be clear, Basquiat draw his vision of the world on canvas, but not with the subtle brush of a Thaulow or a JMW Turner.
Doing Jean-Michel’s art reproduction on canvas seems easy, but believe me, it is not. His brush is broad and thick, but there are many details to his paintings and reproducing them mean we have to catch them all. The Vibrant colors of Basquiat’s painting have to be replicated exactly as well, as there’s no way that a dull “Boy and dog in a Johnnypump” would cause any awe.
To process a Basquiat oil painting reproduction on canvas we pay attention to all the tiny details that are hidden in the painting, we have to draw the numerous texts of some paintings and the drips of some others. We have to replicate the harsh parts and the subtle ones to make each Basquiat art reproduction whole, otherwise it wouldn’t make sense.
I hear many criticisms about Basquiat’s art: “he wasn’t a real artist”, “his paintings sucks”, “where are all the real artists", etc…
First, Basquiat never pretended to be, nor really wanted to be, a worldwide recognized artist selling his paintings millions for millions of dollars. That happened mostly because of his relation with Warhol and his introduction to the society and art world at the time.
Basquiat was a graffiti artist first, he was from the street and his art was there to deliver his messages - as Banksy do today. He includes in his artwork reference to his life as a black guy, as an African-American in the US with family origins tied abroad. His father, Gérard Basquiat, was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and his mother, Matilde Basquiat, who was of Puerto Rican descent, was born in Brooklyn, New York.
His art accessed the world art market and was, still is, cause for jealousy, envy or criticism. Is this even art? Well, if you consider it is not, you probably don't like Jonone, Retna or Banksy…
Where is the limit? Where do you draw the line? What about Mondrian or Rothko? Art or bullshit?
Do we consider “real” art the one that was made when artist painters work on commissions and being a painter was considered a mere craftsman job, or are all the real artists the modern ones? A period when art was about conveying an idea that protrude on canvas? Is that the only real art? And if so, what’s the difference between JM Basquiat and Monet? His style?
Like it or not, Basquiat uses vibrant colors, a style that is in the mood of our time - graffiti artists are on the rise - and It’s kind of cool; I even have one at home.
At least Basquiat knew what he was doing, and said: “Believe it or not, I can draw”
Basquiat was raised in a middle-class home in Brooklyn. His mother was an American of Puerto Rican descent. She encouraged Basquiat’s interest in art, taking him to New York City’s great art museums. His parents eventually separated, and he and his sisters lived with their father in Puerto Rico from 1974 to 1976. His mother was diagnosed as mentally ill and eventually was institutionalized. Troubled by his early childhood, Basquiat dropped out of high school and left home at age 17. He lived on the streets, with friends, or in abandoned buildings and began a graffiti campaign with graffiti artists Al Diaz and Shannon Dawson.
They created the persona SAMO (said to represent “same old shit”) and painted anonymous messages on walls around SoHo and the East Village and on the D train of the New York City subway system. In the late 1970s that work—together with the work of other graffitists—began to receive notice in the art world, and so did Basquiat. He emerged in the above ground New York art scene at age 20, about the time that a resurgence of Expressionist painting was at its height, and participated in his first formal public exhibition in “The Times Square Show” (1980). From there his career skyrocketed, and, until his death in 1988, he was a celebrity, represented by major blue-chip galleries in New York and Germany.
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