Tonight is the Brooklyn Museum's annual Brooklyn Artists Ball, an event which always reminds us of one of our old friends, the late Jean-Michel Basquiat. The Brooklyn Museum was, as Basquiat told us in the interview below, Basquiat's favorite museum (though growing up in Brooklyn himself, he might have been a little biased). We thought we'd revisit this interview between art curator and critic, Henry Geldzahler, and Jean Michel.
In 1976, Jean Michel Basquiat began "writing" his unique brand of graffiti throughout Manhattan under the name "SAMO." His work from the first consisted of conceptual, enigmatic combinations of words and symbols, executed with the curt simplicity of a late Roman inscription.