Sunday, September 22, 2013

Jean-Michel Basquiat @ The Fullerton Museum Center!

The current exhibit at the Fullerton Museum Center is totally worth checking out.  It's called "Jean-Michel Basquiat: An Intimate Portrait" and contains primarily photographs of the famous New York street artist Basquiat by his friend Nicholas Taylor.  The museum describes it this way:

"This exhibit is an intimate look at the friendship between artists Nicholas Taylor and Jean-Michel Basquiat, a camaraderie that was born under the pulsating lights of New York's famed Mudd Club in 1979. Although countless essays and reviews have been written about Basquiat and his work, these photographs by Nicholas Taylor are the portrait of a man, an artist, and most importantly, a friend."

It's hard to overstate the influence and importance of the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.  He was a street artist who ended up, at a very young age, becoming world famous and having shows with people like Andy Warhol.  Contemporary artists like Shepard Fairey, Banksy, Barry McGee, and countless others are directly influenced by the ideas and general bad-assness of Basquiat.  I visited the exhibit recently and took some photos.  The show is only up for one more week, so be sure to check it out!

In the Foyer Gallery, adjacent to the main gallery is a show inspired by Basquiat, and contains work by some amazing contemporary artists like GERMS.

The Fullerton Museum Center, a historic and beautiful building, is open Tuesday-Sunday from noon-4pm and is located at 301 N. Pomona Ave in lovely downtown Fullerton.  Ch-ch-check it out!

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