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Author: Rob Perrée

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Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Poet

BOOM Jean-Michel Basquiat, Hollywood Africans, 1983, Whitney Museum of American Art, ARS, New York, ADAGP, Paris_preview

Jean-Michel Basquiat is one of the most famous artists at the moment. He died almost 30 years ago at the age of 27. A lot of artists are influenced by him, especially black artists. His work is popular among young people. I am wondering how much of a poet he was. He started his career with texts on walls in lower Manhattan, in a lot of his drawings and paintings texts play an important role.

Rob Perrée on the poet Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Hollywood Africans, 1983 (Whitney Museum of American Art/ARS New York/ADAGP, Paris)


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Tirzo Martha: I wonder if they’ll laugh when I’m dead.


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Renee Cox


“I wanted to overturn the concept that blacks were always represented as victims. I want to deconstruct stereotypes. I want the stereotypical representations of women turning upside down, for their empowerment.”

Rob Perrée in conversation with the American artist Renee Cox.

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Abdoulaye Konaté

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“The wealth of African countries does not have to do with money, it is their culture and their traditions. Therefore it is so important that we process traditional culture in our work and at the same time show that we are open for external influences.” Abdoulaye Konaté

Rob Perrée on the Malian artist Abdoulaye Konaté
L’Oisseau Rouge, 2016.

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Timothy Voges, Gallery 23, Amsterdam


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