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Jean Michel Basquiat

September 1, 2001
I could not agree more with almost every well-articulated point that Emory Holmes II made in his debate (regarding hip-hop not being art) ("It's Father Versus Son on Hip-Hop," Aug. 22). I have yet to hear a single hip-hop album with the same depth or innovation as that of such rock albums as U2's "The Joshua Tree," Radiohead's "OK Computer" or Pearl Jam's "Vitology." CHRIS KARMAN Burbank Dear Emory Holmes III: Sorry, man, but your Pops comes off like a head-in-the-sand ignoramus.
Perhaps Hollywood felt that a film like "Basquiat," the Julian Schnabel-directed film about the life, exploitation and addiction of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, who died of a heroin overdose in 1988, would be a bit too much of a downer to be the focus of a big West Coast shindig. But for the art world, Wednesday night's screening and benefit reception at the Pacific Design Center was something to crow about despite the downbeat nature of the story.
April 12, 2011
SERIES Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution: The chef and nutritionist tries to bring his message to Los Angeles, but the school district locks him out in the season premiere (8 p.m. ABC). Frontline: This week the investigative series takes an in-depth look at high school football (9 p.m. KOCE). Deadliest Catch: New skippers join the crab fleet for the 2010 season in the season premiere (9 p.m. Discovery). Braxton Family Values: R&B superstar Toni Braxton is featured in this new unscripted series (9 p.m. WE)
February 19, 2014 | By David Ng
A mural depicting two lip-locked British bobbies created by the street artist Banksy sold at an auction in Miami on Tuesday for $575,000, which was at the low end of estimates. Two other Banksy works -- which the artist created during his monthlong "residency" in New York last year -- failed to meet sale expectations. The Banksy works were being sold as part of a street-art auction by Fine Art Auctions Miami. The Tuesday sale featured works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Bambi, Keith Haring and others.
The bane of documentaries on creative people is that they're often little more than a fan's note, of interest only to those who already know and love the work in question. "The Universe of Keith Haring" starts out that way but the force of the late artist's energy and personality is strong enough to win over the skeptics.
February 20, 2014 | By David Pagel
A half-century ago, Andy Warhol named his studio the Factory so that people would stop thinking of contemporary art as an esoteric enterprise pursued by lone nuts in lonely garrets, and start thinking of it as an intrinsic part of everyday life - no more mysterious, nor difficult to enjoy, than the goods served up by modern industry. For Warhol, art lost too much power when it got swaddled in sappy fantasies more appropriate to 19th century Romanticism than 20th century reality. Those saccharine fantasies get resuscitated in “Oscar Murillo: Distribution Center.” The inaugural exhibition of the Mistake Room, Murillo's first solo show in Los Angeles wraps Warhol's unsentimental vision of art's place in life in the kind of naivete that would make him cringe.
January 10, 1986 | KRISTINE McKENNA
An exhibition of new work by New York artist Jean Michel Basquiat looks as though it was pieced together out of debris scavenged at an abandoned elementary school. Weathered doors, the rusted remains of an erector set, banged-up little desks and hunks of pegboard are combined in whimsical assemblages that chronicle the aimless ramblings of a restless young mind. The particular mind at work appears to be that of an unusually hip sixth-grader who's obsessed with jazz and extraterrestrial life.
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