A novel perspective on Basquiat’s artistic and musical career. Music holds a prominent place in Jean-Michel Basquiat’s painterly practice in the form of sign, symbol and sound.
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|Author||Mary-Dailey Desmarais, Dieter Buchhart, Vincent Bessières|
|Publisher||Gallimard / MMFA|
|Number of pages||288|
|Dimensions||300 x 240|
|Museum||Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada|
Exhibition catalogue Seeing Loud, Basquiat and Music, presented at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada (October 2022 - February 19, 2023).
During the late 1970s and early 1980s, New York City was financially and socially bankrupt, but the art and music scene was flourishing. During these years, the downtown New York music scene - no wave, hip-hop, disco funk and club culture - shaped Jean-Michel Basquiat as both a musician and an artist.
This catalogue for a travelling exhibition explores how Basquiat's painting has parallels in his music (sampling, cut-up, rapping), and takes a new look at his production as a writer and a poet in light of his connections with the then-emerging hip-hop culture.
This beautifully illustrated exhibition catalogue of rarely seen photographs and images sheds new light on Basquiat as a musician, exploring how his art and music are related, and how they reflect on his identity as a Black artist in the United States, the downtown New York music scene, and contemporary culture.
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