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A man of the world
Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto
An NYC graffiti artist whose tag was “SAMO” or “same old shit” in the 1980s is being featured in a major show through May 10 at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now's the Time will feature close to 85 large-scale pieces by the street artist-turned-Neo-Expressionist-painter who used words, symbols, stick figures and animals in his work. Born to a Haitian-American father and Puerto Rican mother, Basquiant, who died of a heroin overdose in 1988 at age 27,explored identity and racism in his paintings, and also the dichotomies between integration and segregation, and rich and poor. He was inspired by abstract expressionism and conceptualism as well as by graffiti, remix culture, jazz and comics, and created visual works that encouraged us to think critically about the world. He once said, “I don’t think about art when I’m working. I try to think about life.” To learn more about his art go to basquiatnow.com. Timed tickets; adults $25. tel: (877) 225-4246; ago.net.
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