Basquiat Zine

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BASQUIAT


Basquiat began his art journey in the 80s as part of a street art duo, SAMO.

However, he rose to fame in the show New York/New Wave 1981 which featured

over 20 artists, but Basquiat undeniably stuck out from the crowd with his art full of

Carribean influences from his heritage and its merging with contemporary themes

such as pop culture in his work. He was mentored by pioneer of the pop-art

movement, Andy Warhol, and Basquiat himself was a key figure in the neoexpressionist

movement of the 80s. One of his most well-known motif is the crown,

featured in a plethora of his pieces. There has been much debate over what this

could mean, including figures the artist considers kings, and the artists own strive

for excellence. This motif shows, as well as with his own words and works,

Basquiat’s understanding of racism around him in the art world and the need to

change this. However, Basquiat was in his own lane in the art scene entirely.



“Charles Saatchi was never a fan of my work” - Basquiat

WARHOL, BASQUIAT’S MENTOR EXHIBITED BY SAATCHI

“I don’t listen to art critics- I don’t know anybody

who needs a critic to find out what art is” - Basquiat



THIS IS ONLY

THE BEGINNING

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