Basquiat speaks articulately and we can read his pictures without strenuous effort- the words, the images, the colors and the construction – but we cannot quite fathom the point they belabor. Keeping us in this state of half-knowing, of mystery-within-familiarity, had been the core technique of his brand of communication since his adolescent days as the graffiti poet SAMO.
Basquiat sold his first painting in 1981 and by 1982, spurred by the neo-expressionist art boom, his work was in great demand. In 1985, he was featured on the cover of the New York Times Magazine in connection with an article on the newly exuberant international art market; this was unprecedented for an African-American artist, and for one so young Basquiat used social commentary in his paintings as a “springboard to deeper truths about the individual”, as well as attacks on power structures and systems of racism, while his poetics were acutely political and direct in their criticism of colonialism and support for class struggle
“You can recognize it in better record stores everywhere by the distinctive black and white Jean-Michel Basquiat cover…” -Glenn O’Brien, INTERVIEW Magazine, May 1985″
Jean Michel Basquiat’s prints are now exclusively available to members of Direct Co-ops!
Direct Co-ops has been sponsored with 300 of Jean Michel Basquiat’s prints. Basquiat is one of America’s most influential Artists of this century. Johnny Brower felt compelled by the initiative’s mission and wanted to provide support with the art. In addition one original Basquiat painting (Apx. $50,000.00 US value) will be donated to one lucky winner.
The prints are available in three versions: red, white and clear vinyl. To purchase, visit our store!