The chaotic brilliance of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat


[Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.] “The chaotic brilliance of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat” (February 2019) is a 4½ minute TED-Ed lesson by Jordana Moore Saggese, associate professor of American Art at the University of Maryland. She is the author of Reading Basquiat: Exploring Ambivalence in American Art (University of California Press, 2014).

Description: Like Beat writers who composed their work by shredding and reassembling scraps of writing, artist Jean-Michel Basquiat used similar techniques to remix his materials. Pulling in splintered anatomy, reimagined historical scenes and skulls, he repurposed present day experiences and art history into an inventive visual language. Jordana Moore Saggese explores the chaotic and prolific art of Basquiat. [Directed by Héloïse Dorsan Rachet, narrated by Christina Greer, music by Stephen LaRosa].

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For more on Jordana Moore Saggese’s work on Jean-Michel Basquiat, visit her website

[Above: Jean-Michel Basquiat’s “Untitled,” 1982.]

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