This is one of the many works that the American artist Jean Michel Basquiat (1960 – 1988) dedicated to music and especially to jazz. In fact, Basquiat himself, throughout his short but intense artistic life, not only stood out as a painter and draftsman, but also developed his facet as a poet and as a musician.
Basquiat, of Haitian origin, was born in the New York neighborhood of Brooklyn into a we althy family, and very He soon stood out for his enormous abilities, so much so that at the age of 16 he was admitted to a school for gifted children, from where, of course, he was quickly expelled for his rebellious nature.
he also soon manifested this inability to adapt to the norms and therefore found the right environment for him in the environments of the New York subculture, which led him to theworld of graffiti. But not only that. He left his parents' house when he was a minor and lived for two years as a squat in the streets and abandoned buildings of New York, selling to survive postcards or t-shirts that he painted himself, when he wasn't he was busy making his graffities with a strong poetic charge.
At that time he signed these works with the pseudonymSAMO, which means SAMe Old shit, that is “the same old shit”, which gives us an idea of the nihilistic and hopeless ideas of him. And although he didIn 1979 his graffiti creations had even caught the attention of journalists and specialized art magazines, he decided to abandon spray paint for a while, and opted for music, forming part of the Gray group, where he played the clarinet and the synthesizer.
That doesn't mean he didn't continue to live like a bum. However, since 1980 his innate intellectual restlessness has progressively brought him closer to painting, and he is interested in learning about all the interesting styles of theUnited Statesin the 20th century. From the Abstract Expressionism of Jackson Pollock to the combine paintings of Robert Rauschenberg, without forgetting the Art Brut by Jean Dubuffet. In addition, he completed his self-taught training by attending the School of Visual Arts in New York as a listener, where he came into contact withKeith Haring, who was already beginning to be a renowned painter and graffiti artist
At the same time, he began to take part in collective exhibitions, and his talent drew more and more attention, and he made contact with other artists such as Andy Warhol, in addition to becoming known for his strong character and drug addiction. This was not an impediment so that he will not stop doing individual exhibitions and his talent is tremendously admired, in addition to becoming a highly valued character in social, fashion and festive events.
A brilliant career that was radically cut short at the age of 27 due to a heroin overdose that caused his death. Nailcircumstances, youth and drugs that related him to different musicians of the 20th century, some of them from jazz and as revered by him as Charlie Parker, who appears represented in this work by Horn Players.