Explore intimate photos of Caribpolitan artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Alexis Adler.
New Wave cinema and music had arrived. Visual artists were forming bands, making films, and creating a vibrant club scene. Jean-Michel was busy in all of it.
Jean-Michel’s Haitian father and Puerto Rican mother gave him plenty of dexterity with his simulation of linguistic comprehension. In the bourgeois environment of his upbringing, language would have been both formal and colloquial. The bad child Basquiat didn’t care for formal—colloquial would do just as well.
As an archivist I find value in considering Jean-Michel’s notes within the discourse swirling around them. They have value as evidence of an explorative, creative, and questioning mind, something he certainly wanted to share. He said so himself in this page from one of his notebooks that attests to his thinking back then:
Condensed from the essay “National News©” by Sur Rodney Sur
This virtual exhibition was brought together by CaribBeing.
Founded in 2012, CaribBeing has grown into an award-winning organization with partnerships that span the globe with one ideal: a unified experience that celebrates the entire Caribbean region and its diaspora. Today, CaribBeing’s commitment remains: to deliver thought-provoking, culturally relevant content and experiences to individuals who crave Caribbean inspiration through arts, culture and curated events.
Special gratitudes to Alexis Adler, author of the photographs that compile this exhibition and to Eric Justin Johnson for the motion film footage.
Curator: Shelley V. Worrell
Exhibition design: Pablo Serrano-Otero