The Apparel Wall -the space where we share our tributes to the most influential and inspiring artists that impacted the world of art- is back. This time with our personal visual eulogy to the king of neo-expressionism, the one and only Jean-Michel Basquiat.
"Basquiat speaks articulately while dodging the full impact of clarity like a matador. We can read his pictures without strenuous effort—the words, the images, the colors and the construction—but we cannot quite fathom the point they belabor. Keeping us in this state of half-knowing, of mystery-within-familiarity, had been the core technique of his brand of communication since his adolescent days as the graffiti poet SAMO. To enjoy them, we are not meant to analyze the pictures too carefully. Quantifying the encyclopedic breadth of his research certainly results in an interesting inventory, but the sum cannot adequately explain his pictures, which requires an effort outside the purview of iconography... he painted a calculated incoherence, calibrating the mystery of what such apparently meaning-laden pictures might ultimately mean."