Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Take a moment to transport yourself to Brazil. Enjoy a musical break, as Orquestra Voadora pays tribute to Fela Kuti during Carnival in Rio de Janeiro! This video is sure to lift your spirits, bring you joy and big smiles!!!! Turn up the speakers! Dance, dance, dance, dance..shake, shake, shake, shake! We wish all of our MYA tribe in Brazil a happy carnival!
Tapioca & Filmes é uma produtora de filmes e projetos culturais baseada no bairro da Glória no Rio de Janeiro.
Sócios: Bento Marzo, Eduardo Carvalho, Lincoln Fonseca e Lincoln Santos.
“A Orquestra Voadora já é um ícone do carnaval carioca. Desde 2008, seus voos nos jardins do MAM e pelas ruas da cidade levam os foliões à loucura ao som de muito funk, rock, afrobeats e música balcânica em ritmo de fanfarras…” READ MORE.
Yesterday, I posted the blog “Celebrating Jean-Michel Basquiat: Royalty, Heroism and the Streets”. I thought it would be nice to post some videos to get a real taste of Basquiat’s grace, genius and elegance. Tamara Ayon, an art lover and former gallery manager in south Florida left a comment about how Basquiat’s work continues to inspire her today:
“Basquiat was a true genius in the art world. His images had such intense emotion. The work was not elaborate or overdone, but it was raw and one of a kind. He took the pretty out of it and gave it depth, when so many other artist were more concerned with popular opinion. Basquiat was talking directly to each individual who saw his work. I have not made it to Paris yet, but I promised my daughter to put this trip on our adventure calendar! I would love to see Basquiat’s work up close. I ran art galleries for many years in Miami. I taught art at a children’s art center in South Beach. I am not an amazing artist myself but my passion for it and admiration for [artists] is an inspiration which has never faded. Basquiat was instrumental in lighting that artistic flame inside me.”
Sundance Film Festival – Official Selection, 2010
Summary: “In 1986 filmmaker Tamra Davis shot one of the only interviews with her friend Jean-Michel Basquiat, who went on to become one of the most significant artists of the 20th century.”
This video is a treat! Vintage Basquiat. Aybee from @deepblak records shared this rare 1979 interview of Basquiat on TV Party, a local show on a NYC public access channel. The show was hosted by a young Glenn O’Brien before he started a career with Rolling Stone. It is a gritty video and the quality dates back to pre-historic times before digital and HDTV. But, watching this video is like going back in a time machine. O’Brien also produced and filmed Downtown 81, a movie where Basquiat plays himself and gives viewers a peek inside the NYC art and club scene in the 1980s.
I keep hearing people reference and connect Basquiat and Kid Cudi. It seemed a little random at first. But, when I came across this video something about this combination works. I love this video because it highlights many of Basquiat’s popular paintings through a slideshow with Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness” playing in the background. I also love seeing a smiling Basquiat!
Please visit basquiat.com for Upcoming Events and a List of Public Collections in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Canada.
On another note, could Basquiat and Kid Cudi be twinsies? LOL!
“I don’t listen to what art critics say. I don’t know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is.”
During a trip to Paris, France in December 2010, Keme and I had the opportunity to see the Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibit. The Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris was celebrating Basquiat’s 50th anniversary of his birth. This was the first time that a large scale exhibition of Basquiat’s work was presented in France. It was pretty extraordinary to see long lines of people curved around the block all hoping to get some time with the Basquiat exhibit. However, in Paris, there are always lines outside museums, whether it is tourists or Parisians, who appreciate art the same way people in the U.S. embrace sports and pop culture. But, Basquiat was special because even though his life was short, he created many provocative and intelligent paintings that still inspire and move people today.
Jay-Z, as well as other hip-hop artists are mentioning Basquiat’s name in their lyrics. Jay-Z even owns a few Basquiat pieces saying, “The paintings don’t just sit on my walls, they move like crazy.” Basquiat’s work opens up new layers of imagination each time one encounters a piece – or the same piece. Jay-Z talks of Basquiat’s impact on his life in his book Decoded, saying, “He [Basquiat] was hanging with Madonna before she was famous and [he] collaborated with Andy Warhol. Basquiat came onto the scene with a crew of graffiti writers but didn’t want to be boxed in with that movement…He moved in a white art world but flooded his art with black images, attitude and icons…He was hip-hop when hip-hop was still in its cradle…When people asked Basquiat what his art was about he’d hit them with the same three words: Royalty, heroism and the streets.”
Another theme one may pick up on in Basquiat’s work is his love of anatomy which was inspired by a gift his mother had given him as a child. When he was a young boy, Basquiat was severely injured in an automobile accident, and his mother gave him Grey’s Anatomy to read while he lay in a hospital bed recovering. One can clearly see his musings on the human body reflected in his work. Viewers can also see Basquiat’s reflections on his Haitian and Puerto Rican heritage in his work. But his presentations of African American history in his paintings are most noted.
Here is an excerpt from the Musée d’Art Moderne giving some background on Basquiat’s life, work and legacy:
“…Of mixed Puerto Rican and Haitian descent, Jean-Michel Basquiat was born in Brooklyn in 1960 and died of a drug overdose in New York in 1988, aged twenty-seven. He was part of the generation of graffiti artists who burst onto the New York scene in the late 1970s.
In 1977, he began signing his graffiti “SAMO” – for “Same Old Shit” – with the addition of a crown and the copyright symbol ©. In the course of a dazzling career, his work moved from street art to painting, offering a mix of Voodoo and Biblical mythologies, comic strips, advertising and the media, African-American music and boxing heroes and assertion of his negritude. Thus he defined an underground urban counterculture at once violently anarchistic and seething with liberty and vitality…” READ MORE
À partir de 1984, il réalise en commun des peintures avec Andy Warhol jusqu’à la mort de ce dernier en 1987.S’étant toujours défini comme un peintre influencé par son environnement urbain quotidien, les racines de sa pratique «expressionniste primitiviste» sont à trouver du côté d’une peinture européenne d’après-guerre, celle de Jean Dubuffet, réfractaire à l’«asphyxiante culture» ou celle de Cobra, ainsi que du côté de la grande tradition américaine de Robert Rauschenberg à Cy Twombly. Après sa mort prématurée en 1988, il laisse une œuvre considérable habitée par la mort, le racisme et sa propre destinée. Sa vie brûlante et explosive, mêlant le star-système et la révolte, a inspiré en 1996 le film « Basquiat » du peintre et cinéaste Julian Schnabel. En 1984, le musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris avait déjà présenté Jean-Michel Basquiat dans une exposition collective consacrée au mouvement de la Figuration Libre France/USA, aux côtés de Robert Combas, Hervé Di Rosa, Keith Haring… READ MORE
I don’t think about art when I’m working. I try to think about life.
- Jean-Michel Basquiat