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basquiat’s funny & expensive resume



a 20-year-old jean-michel basquiat did what many people do at that age: made a resume.  however given that he was more financially well-off/indifferent than most of his peers at the time, his CV was more of an artistic/recreational pursuit.  highlights:

  • writing “nil” in the education section after misspelling education in the line before
  • experience section lightly crossed out while employment is heavily crossed out
  • a reference section featuring the likes of andy warhol, johnny carson, tennessee williams & dick tracy

i wouldn’t imagine anybody getting a regular job with this on merit (though the references might do wonders).  still, sotheby’s listed it for a solid working salary ($50,000).  first spotted at black contemporary art.

related: life doesn’t frighten me | video: basquiat documentary


life doesn’t frighten me

05/03/13 3 Comments


maya angelou‘s poetry joins jean-michael basquiat‘s art in “life doesn’t frighten me.”  the children’s book seeks to give kids strength in the face of things like scary animals & the dark:

Shadows on the wall
Noises down the hail
Life doesn’t frighten me at all

I go boo
Make them shoo
I make fun
Way they run
I won’t cry
So they fly
I just smile
They go wild

Life doesn’t frighten me at all.

listen to angelou read her poem (full lyrics here) as you scroll through some of basquiat’s accompanying illustrations (via brainpickings).  to see more, grab the book from your library/book store.

just finished watching jean-michel basquiat: the radiant child.  i knew a little bit about basquiat’s story and work coming into it but the film filled in the gaps.  it chronicles his rise from a homeless graffiti artist in 1970s new york to one of top painters in the world, covering his struggles with racism (in general but also specific to the art world) and fame, his relationship with andy warhol, and his entry into the infamous “27 club.”

some people say that basquiat was the greatest artist of his generation.  others say his art was just weird and he’s only kim kardashian famous for being famous.  watch the full documentary above (via openculture) and decide for yourself.

video: basquiat documentary

08/07/12 2 Comments

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