Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation

Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation

Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation, is the new must-see exhibit if you're in Boston! 

The exhibition centers on Jean-Michel Basquiat, perhaps the best known of the so-called “post-graffiti” artists. Basquiat's works are distinguished above all by their liberal use of text; much of his art features short sentences and rough sketches of objects and symbols littering the canvas. It's up to the viewer to sift through this dump and find meaning, which ends up being quite an entertaining task. 

The post-graffiti movement of the 1980s in New York City marked the transition of street art, from city walls and subway trains to canvas and the art world. 

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) became the iconic pioneer of this transformational and insurrectionary movement in American contemporary art, which resulted in an unprecedented fusion of creative energies that challenged long-standing racial divisions. 

This exhibition presents his works in painting, sculpture, drawing, video, music and fashion, alongside works by his contemporaries - and sometimes collaborators - A-One, ERO, Fab 5 Freddy, Futura, Keith Haring, Kool Koor, LA2 , Lady Pink, Lee Quiñones, Rammellzee and Toxic. 

Throughout the 1980s, these artists took new directions in fine art, design and music, spurring the now global popularity of hip-hop culture.

The exhibition, Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation, illustrates how the subversive abstractions of this artistic movement have propelled their creative voices onto the main stages of international and musical art. 

This is the first major exhibition to contextualize Basquiat's work in relation to hip-hop.

 

Information: 

Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation
Curated by Liz Munsell and Greg Tate
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
From October 18, 2020 to May 16, 2021. 

Source: https://www.mfa.org/exhibition/writing-the-future 

 


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