Friday, June 26, 2015

‘Basquiat and the Bayou’ and ‘Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time’

THE NEW YORK TIMES
By Holly Bass
"Untitled (Cadmium)," 1984; oil, oil stick and acrylic on canvas. Credit The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat/Société des Auteurs dans les Arts graphiques et plastiques, Paris/Artist Rights Society
In the American historical imagination, the North (even beyond our borders into Canada) symbolizes freedom, individual expression and progress, while the South conjures a mix of hospitality, religious fervor and persistent racial prejudice. It’s a cultural civil war that in some ways enables us to sidestep the more complicated realities of our national identity. Two recent exhibition catalogs ably situate the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat within these potent cultural poles. [link]
BASQUIAT AND THE BAYOU
By Franklin Sirmans
Illustrated. 112 pp. DelMonico Books/Prestel. $34.95.

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Now’s the Time
Edited by Dieter Buchhart
Illustrated. 227 pp. Art Gallery of Ontario/DelMonico Books/Prestel. $49.95.