January 26, 2015

Basquiat and More at our Weekend NOLA Art Outing...

Untitled (Cadmium), 1984 by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ogden Museum of Southern Art New Orleans
Basquiat, "Untitled" 1984
We had the chance to check out "Basquiat and the Bayou" at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art last weekend which was a part of Prospect New Orleans, a contemporary art triennial that featured 58 artists located throughout New Orleans. We went on the very last day (it was FREE for Louisiana residents!) as I didn't want to miss out on the chance to see some of Jean-Michel Basquiat's work up close while it was right here in the city.

 Basquiat and The Bayou A Project of Prospect New Orleans
I had read brief articles on Basquiat before and knew of the film depicting his life (starring Jeffrey Wright) but I wanted to know more about the artist that has rappers like Jay Z, Kanye, Nicki Minaj, J. Cole and Macklemore referencing him and his work left and right in their music.. click any of the links and pics to read more.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, the artist
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Zydeco, 1984 Acrylic and oilstick on canvas
Basquiat "Zydeco" 1984
'King Zulu,' 1986 by Jean-Michel Basquiat, at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Basquiat "King Zulu" 1986
Prospect 3: Notes for Now A Project of Prospect New Orleans
Prospect New Orleans
"Tembok Toleransi #2" by Artist Agus Suwage
Artist Agus Suwage from Indonesia "Tembok Toleransi #2" or "Tolerance Wall #2" . The material is tin cans and  car audio systems. Incredible. More on this piece below.
About artist Agus Suwage

A close of Agus Suwage's work above.
Art Installation Before I Die by Candy Chang
Artist Candy Chang "Before I Die" was featured prominently on the side of the Ogden Museum outdoors. Click the pic above to watch Candy Chang's TED Talk. Also below, we watched as people shared their aspirations in shared public space..
Art Installation Before I Die, Candy Chang

What an awesome weekend of culture in NOLA!

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