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California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Created: February 21, 2001
Latest update: March 24, 2001

We're reading on Jean-Michel Basquiat's art work.

On Saturday, February 17, 2001, Veronica Uzomah of Criminology class wrote:

Hi Jeanne

Jean-Michel Basquiat's art springs from a graffiti background. Most of his art works are covered with symbols, writing , stick-figures, and he uses other patterns to compose his pieces. Sometimes his art is covered with extremely powerful political , historical, and personal messages. His art speaks to the colonization of Africa, racism, homelessness and loneliness.

Thanks, Jeanne; have a nice weekend.


On Wednesday, February 21, 2001, jeanne responded:

Veronica, this is a traditional kind of test answer. I can see that you either came in with a fair amount of knowledge about Basquiat, or you've done your homework on him. I'd disagree with the graffiti background, in that that was the impression that Basquiat chose to give, but, in fact, he was not a traditional street kid. Basquiat had a very special talent and refused to accept the more traditional discipline of the fine art world. He also had very special problems, like drug addiction.

In the last two sentences of this comment you cover enormous territory. Anti-colonialism, critical social theory, political and personal messages. All that is true, but it sounds like catalog or textbook copy. What I would really like is to know how his art affects you, what his story makes you think of. Then I can begin to see your learning.

For example, choose one personal message or one political statement. Share your reactions with other readers.

Good writing, by the way. jeanne