A few weeks ago, I had a rather uneventful weekend. Well until, my best gal pal called. We went to the local Borders and I found a little gem waiting in the $3.99 bin. I found an up-to-date, accurate biography of the late, Black painter Jean Michel Basquiat. I completed reading it in a day or so.
Artist shown here photographed by the late James Van Der Zee, noted Black American photographer, in the Armani suits that Basquiat wore while painting
Here is an interview with the painter before his untimely death due to a drug overdose in the late 80s. At his time of death, he was a mere 27 years young. His life was varied and interesting though short. He was the boyfriend of Madonna, a sex worker, bisexual, and a punk rocker in addtion to being a painter. He was also a high school drop-out, dated White women exclusively, and was allegedly physically abused as a child. Basquiat, by Phoebe Hoban, is definitely worth reading if you are interested in the life behind the art.
He was also Haitian and Puerto Rican with wild locks sprouting around his very artistic mind! His art now retails for over $10 million a painting. I really like the rugged, raw way he approached sociology and racism in his art in ways I can't accurately articulate. Here is my favorite Basquiat piece:
Click me! Then scroll to the bottom. This is Sophia, Naturally's favorite Basquiat. You likey?