Monday, April 27, 2015

Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks

The Brooklyn Museum delves into the creative process of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat in its current exhibit, Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks. Basquiat gained recognition in the late seventies when he and fellow graffiti artists left their mark on buildings in downtown Manhattan. After a public exhibition in 1980, his career exploded. His distinct style and talent caught the attention of many, including cultural icons like Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Madonna.   
The 160 notebook pages featured at the Brooklyn Museum are collectively filled with Basquiat’s sketches, words, and fragments of pieces that appear in his large-scale work. One of the most striking things about his artwork is his flair for pairing text and strong imagery. Basquiat’s repetition of words and lists are rhythmic like poetry or a song, and his themes of race and class are evident. These notebooks give us a glimpse into the artist’s mind in a personal way and document what inspired him in his everyday surroundings.

To learn more about Jean-Michel Basquiat and related topics, come visit The Adrian G. Marcuse Library and check out the following books and DVDs!

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Posted on April 27, 2015 I Blog post by Elizabeth Marotta, M.L.I.S. (Evening Librarian)