Lecture 002

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Basquiat's Defacement : the untold story / Chaédria LaBouvier.

Graffiti Artists: defacement ("It could have been me")

Jean-Michel Basquiat painted 'Defacement' (The Death of Michael Stewart) in 1983 to commemorate the death of a young, black artist who died from injuries sustained while in police custody after being arrested for allegedly tagging a New York City subway station. Published to accompany a focused exhibition of Basquiat's response to anti-black racism and police brutality, this catalogue explores a chapter in the artist's career through both the lens of his identity and the Lower East Side as a nexus of activism in the early 1980s.

Copyright Symbol: challenge property of graffiti.


Dana Schutz Controversy: made a painting called Open Casket

Andy Warhol

Warhol Sedgwick


Electric Chair Ricard Avedon

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