Oct 26, 2014
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Posts tagged: Jean-Michel Basquiat

Visual Culture: Caribbean Art Takes Over NYC

Words by Jesse Serwer—

New York City is the biggest melting pot for Caribbean culture there is, so it’s affirming to see the city’s cultural institutions finally put together an event that’s reflective of this. Spread out between three venues—El Museo del Barrio (through Jan. 6); Queens Museum of Art (through Jan. 6); and the Studio Museum in Harlem (through Oct. 21)— “Caribbean: Crossroads of the World” is “the big art event of the summer season in New York,” The New York Times wrote, and “likely the most expansive art event of the summer,” according to ArtInfo.

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Comic Genius: Watch Basquiat Take the Piss Out of an Interviewer

Words by Jesse Serwer, via Dangerous Minds

If you’re really up on Basquiat, you know that a big part of the Haitian/Puerto Rican-American artist’s genius was his truly wicked sense of humor. In this cringe-inducing 1983 interview filmed at Basquiat’s Manhattan studio (“At 3 PM, shortly after Jean-Michel woke for the day”), the artist makes the faintest effort to indulge blowhard art history professor Dr. Mark H. Miller’s yawn-worthy questions. As Basquiat toys with him, Miller takes on a grating stammer that only makes the interaction more awkward—and, unfortunately for his sake, very entertaining to watch, 28 years later. Portions of this footage appeared in Tamra Davis’ Basquiat documentary The Radiant Child in 2010, but if you have the time to invest 33 minutes into one of this beauty of a trainwreck, the full conversation is now up on Youtube in its entirety.

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Fashion Fridays: Basquiat x Reebok

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton, via FreshnessMag

As part of their Affili’Art series, Reebok recently unveiled five limited edition designs featuring the artwork of painter and style icon Jean-Michael Basquiat. Scrawled chalk-tags from the painting “Discography (One),” the jazz motifs of “Trumpet” and the signature crown symbol that was ubiquitous in the work of Basquiat (who was half-Haitian and Puerto Rican and all Afro-cubist) now adorn these special versions of Reebok’s Top Down, Court Victory Pump and Omni Pump Lite models. Find them at select retailers (like Kix Files and Mr. R Sports) and get tons more pics after the jump.


Toppa Top 10: Top 10 Caribbean Style Icons

Words by Jesse Serwer

Already proclaimed a “style icon” by Paper, Complex and, yes, even Okayplayer, Theophilus London has fashion brands tripping over themselves to work with him right now. Watching the Brooklyn-born Trinidadian rapper/singer’s ascension into full-fledged it bwoy, we can’t help but notice that he takes many of his stylistic cues from fellow Caribbeans, from Jean-Michel Basquiat to Fab Five Freddy and Harry Belafonte. Between Theophilus’ emergence and his fellow Trini Anya Ayoung-Chee‘s show-stealing on Project Runway, Caribbean style seems to be having a little moment right now, so it seemed like the perfect time to count down the most iconic practitioners of style from the islands and the Diaspora.

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