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Street to Studio: The Art of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Presented by JPMorganChase.
Cultural Identity
INTERVIEWER: "What about the influence of Afro-Caribbean art ... as discerned by the critics?" BASQUIAT: "I don't listen to what art critics say. I don't know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is."

A griot expresses complex family or community histories through stories and music. Basquiat tries to express a complex sense of the world in a visual form. In what other ways is an artist like a griot?

Do you or someone you know have a story, an experience, a history, or a special view of the world that you would like to share? Please share your thoughts below.

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Dianne from Houston, Texas, on the Web
Just saw the Basquiat exhibit at the Fine Arts Museum in Houston...intriguing and startling at the same time. Plan to return - difficult to look at 100 of these and do them justice.
zanzibar from , on the Web
personally i find basquiat to be dribble and a swill merchant. his art is elementary, he seems like an individual who has let the sauce take over his life until his ultimate downfall. people say it is his style to make such art, i think he played a joke on everyone......
John R. Jones Jr. from Galveston , on the Web
Look,Listen,See,Hear,Taste, Eat,Enjoy. (sometimeswords are unecessary) SHHHH. MMMM.
Jabari J. from Galveston, Texas, on the Web
Creative, interesting, yet enjoyable. It was pretty cool. The Basquiat exhibit is different than other artwork and the artwork is great to look at in person.
Patricia (Patsy) from Houston, on the Web
Art conveys the inner working of the mind of an artist and I relate to the hectic, rigidity, and confusion in Basquiat's work. I am sure though there were other forces at work duringhis most creative moments - i.e., drugs, schizoid moments, depression and unfulfilled dreams of belonging. His art is reveals a desparate soul trying to get out of a pain which we call life. He was quite talented and truly and exceptional artist.

His work has insoired me to delve into my own creative juices ...

P.O.B. from London, U.K. - wish it was Houston, on the Web
Patsy, you are very right. You said like, in my opinion, it should be said. You wisdom has no equal.

P.S.: This is not a sarcastic comment