|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.
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|
|Basquiat "Zydeco" 1984|
|Basquiat "King Zulu" 1986|
|Prospect New Orleans|
|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.|
|A close of Agus Suwage's work above.|
|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..|
What an awesome weekend of culture in NOLA!