Today (August 12th) in 1988, the Art world lost a great young artist. Jean-Michel Basquait, with all the praise today, was epitome of the young black male struggling to find himself in the cruel world. With being the outcast as well as the artist who was loved and revered by everyone, it seems that “SAMO” really never understood the value of his work and what it would mean to the next generation.
What upsets me is that we praise artists like Jean-Michel for their successes but never focus on their stories. From what we have read and seen, SAMO was homeless, a rebel, careless and most of all CREATIVE… I also wonder how many Jean-Michel Basquiat’s do we walk pass in the street daily.
I recently took a trip down to Skid Row in LA and was blown away by how many artists, talented individuals in many crafts and even parents with kids were down there. Somewhere in this crowd is a Jean-Michel. Will we stumble across a mural ten years from now and realize its importance to our culture then? Or will the next Jay-Z have to tell you what is and what is not, ART?.. Its time you make that decision. – ArtAboveReality
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