Props Rock: Jean-Michel Basquiat

Although he passed in 1988, Jean-Michel Basquiat's  artistic prowess is still recognized today.The Brooklyn born artist was initially recognized for his graffiti that used the walls of Brooklyn and Manhattan as canvas. He eventually moved on to painting and began to create work that drew on pieces from contemporary culture. Recently, director Tamra Davis payed homage to her friend in a documentary entitled "The Radiant Child" in which she utilized archival footage and interviews with Basquiat to give viewers a more intimate look at the artist. Below is a trailer for the movie:
The fashion industry has also paid homage to the late artist with magazines such as Vogue Hommes International using his personal style and work as inspiration for editorials.
Vogue Hommes International, March 2010.
To mark Basquiat's 50th birthday, the Beyeler Foundation in the Swiss city of Basel in collaboration with the Modern Art Museum of the City of Paris will open a retrospective of his work. The retrospective will be first displayed in Basel until September 5, 2010. Then it will be moved to Paris where it will be displayed there from October 15, 2010- January 30, 2011.
This line drawing of boxer Cassius Clay will be on display.
Below is some more of Basquiat's work:
Zydeco, 1984
“Untitled (Pecho/Oreja)”, 1982-1983
Skull, 1981
His work is praised for its creativity and complexity, but for Jean-Michel Basquiat art was simple. "I start a picture and I finish it. I don't think about art while I work. I try to think about life," Basquiat once said.
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Vibe magazine was one the most influential publication for me. In fact it was because of Vibe Magazine that I majored in photography and started doing editorial. As I got older, got a bit of experience and was exposed to more stuff my directives changed abit. None the less it was the very first magazine that I had a subscription too and greatly helped to shape my visual language...ya'll remember the illustration issue that they would put out every year? I must admit It's been a while since I've been excited about a Vibe issue, but as a 12 yr old kid all I needed was some Sanrio stickers and a Vibe mag and I was good to go. It's sad to see that Vibe is no more...though I feel a lot better about the closing of Vibe than I did of Missbehave. Guess I just understand where Vibe is coming from, making mags is expensive and in some ways an obsolete media outlet. It's wild to think that the internets has killed so many of my photo editorial inspirations. Over the weekend I went mag shopping. I use to go once a month but over the years it's been greatly reduced due to the fact that I'm no longer looking to be introduced to new things through magazines, it's more about layout, images and collection of articles and or stories. I find that I enjoy Colors alot more than any of my teen faves due to the fact that its beatifully done and  just talks about people...not celebrities...just people. While I'm pouring out liquor for dead mags I'll give a big ups to Ego Trip,  and Suede ...and pray that Frank and Trace mags can survive as print publications.
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