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Heritage
"I'd say my mother gave me all the primary things. The art came from her." — Jean-Michel Basquiat

This painting has had at least three different titles at different times: El Gran Espectáculo and History of Black People as well as the current name, The Nile. How is each name appropriate in its own way? What would you choose to call this painting?

What does this painting say about Basquiat's personal heritage as a black, male, Caribbean, Brooklyn-born, Spanish-speaking artist? How does The Nile make you think about your own heritage?

Image of The Nile
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Julio Rodriguez from New York, NY, on the Web
The word 'Mujer' means 'Woman'
not mother.
christoph michael from st. louis, on the Web
I think that heritage should be cleared from this website. all though he was most likely proud of is ethnic background, i think it it brought up too much. One might think that he was trying to set an example of his success as a "black artist" but i believe he wanted more than anything to be recognized as just an "artist". One doesnt really execute the fact that picasso was white when you discuss his art work, so why would it be necessary for jean michel?
someone from a place, at the exhibition
This painting shows what life was like were he lived as a child, even though I don't really understand it. I like it.
shauneil from brooklyn, at the exhibition
I THINK THAT YOUR PANTINGS ARE VERY GOOD BUT SOME I DONT UNDERSTAND I FEEL THAT YOU SHOULD DRAW ITSO PEOPLE CAN UNDERSTAND IT
CHRISTOPHER from BROOKLYN, at the exhibition
I FEEL THAT YOUR DRAWINGS ARE VERY GOOD
Karen from Woodside, on the Web
I like this picture a lot. It really shows that Basquiat feels strongly for his african-american heritage. He makes many references to Africa with the nile and the egyptian God and it shows that he knows a lot about his culture not that he's just Black.
Kay from New York, on the Web
His art work is spiritusal, it seems childish but thats whats extraordinarily good about it.
KJ from NY, on the Web
I was shocked that this is a web site for kids, and yet they posted a curse word in reference to what SAMO means. couldn't they just say it means "same old stuff"?
Rosali from Bronx, New York, on the Web
The artwork "The Nile" makes me think about my own heritage, it's just that regardless of who you are you can always make your heritage worth while. I believe that was what Basquiat did in the artwork "The Nile". Basquiat has this way of letting people think about their heritage to know where they came from and who are their ancestors are. I know that was what he made me think. So now I'm just going to go home and find out where my family came from.
Tony from Middletown-CT, on the Web
My Brother was just simply EXPRESSING himself. I feel his pain of expressing to the PUBLIC at large, what he and PEOPLE OF COLOR witnessed, and experienced on a GLOBAL SCALE. Apparently, he just wanted to confirm his assumption that NON-ETHNIC people will utilize you as a COMMODITY as long as a PROFIT can be made....

just a thought..'59