A MODERN CONVERSATION WITH JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT CONTINUED:
A CURATION BY
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
VENICE MODERN ART
Karen Bystedt in partnership with Venice Modern Art Present:
A MODERN CONVERSATION WITH JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT CONTINUED . . .
invites you to embark upon the journey through visual art as we collaborate with perhaps the most influential visual artist of the 20th century, Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Curated and guided by mixed media artist and creator of The Lost Warhols, Karen Bystedt is inviting , important recording artist activist leaders and black culture luminaries who will paint and/ or write on an original image Basquiat painted for the punk/ ska band, THE OFFS.
A MODERN CONVERSATION WITH JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT CONTINUED . . . will be exhibited in NYC, LA and London.
THE OFFS: FIRST ALBUM vinyl were recently selected to be available exclusively at the Louis Vuitton Foundation as a part of the 200 works selected for their recent Basquiat exhibition. The albums are currently exclusively available at the Guggenheim Museum in New York during the Basquiat: Defacement Exhibition that just opened.
The legend Darryl McDaniels DMC from the iconic hip hop group, Run DMC, has already kicked off as the first collaborator. The night Basquiat died there was a Run DMC ticket in his back pocket, so DMC was honored and humbled to be the very first to participate in furthering the conversation Basquiat started as a part of his legacy. Please, join the Conversation.
THE CURATION :
Art is the medium by which the conversations that spark real societal change are birthed.
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Born in Brooklyn, NY, on December 22, 1960 to a cultured Puerto Rican mother and a stern Haitian father, is now widely appreciated as one of the most important and influential Artists of the 20th century. Crashing onto the art scene in 1978, it was Basquiat's Haitian and Puerto Rican heritage, which served as the catalyst to illuminate the conversation regarding racial politics and disparagement in America. Basquiat's artwork is a living testimony, posing the question of what it means to be black, cultured and royal in a segregated society marked by the cultural backdrop of paradoxical standards, flagrant injustices and heinous racially charged attacks on black artists. In 1983, the beating to death of 25 year-old Michael Jerome Stewart by transit police for spray painting, deeply affected Basquiat and is the subject of the current exhibition at The Guggenheim Museum in New York.
This racially charged artistic dialogue rooted from a desire to achieve human equality, incessantly championed Basquiat's heart even before the tragic killing of Stewart. In fact, since the late 70s, Basquiat's sentiments were condensed in one word used as his tag created with Al Diaz, SAMO (Same Ole Shit), alluding to the social commentary of societal standards that needed to change. It was in this spirit that Basquiat agreed to create an album cover for The Offs, a punk/ska group championed by Andy Warhol in 1981. This illustration of a black and white crowned Christ like figure resonates with humanity today and is repeated in some of Basquiat’s most important works from 1981- 1983 period.
With this at the helm of intention and understanding, this important Curation seeks to celebrate Basquiat's legacy and continue the conversation of healing through ART. By shedding light on contemporary black artists and holding space for them to participate in this dialogue, they will be able to add their narrative to Basquiat's original artwork distinctly created for The OFFS First Record, one of only two covers done by Basquiat.
In partnership with Venice Modern Art & heART of Cool, Mixed Media Artist and creator of the Lost Warhols (known for photographing Andy Warhol himself), Karen Bystedt, would like to extend an invitation.
A charitable dinner is being planned with OMAR NYC.