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Seeing Loud. Basquiat And Music

“Art is how we decorate space, music is how we decorate time.”

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s remarkable art is rich with music – in its rhythmic gestures, in its symbolism, in its use of space. A musician himself, Basquiat worked in the colours of bebop, hip-hop, classical, blues.

When Basquiat spoke, musical references came quickly to mind. In an interview with Becky Johnston and Tamra Davis, for instance, the Brooklyn-born artist was asked how he felt when people pressure him to describe his work. His response?

“It’s like asking somebody, asking Miles: “How does your horn sound?” I don’t think he could really tell you why he played, you know, why he plays this at that point in the music. You know you’re just, you’re sort of on automatic…most of the time.”

‘Seeing Loud. Basquiat and Music’ is an exhibit  focused on the intense impact music had on Basquiat’s life and art. Co-developed with Le Musée De La Musique Philharmonie de Paris, ‘Seeing Loud’ runs at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts until February 19th, 2023.

‘”Through the music in his work,” MMFA Chief Curator Mary-Dailey Desmarais says, “Basquiat celebrated Black artistry and tackled the complexities and cruelties of history, bringing to life the sounds that inspired him and the soul of his historical movement’.

In curating ‘Seeing Loud’, Desmarais – and co-curators Vincent Bessières and Dieter Buchhart – brought together ‘some 100 works by the artist together with numerous sound clips, film footage and archival documents’. The multi-media exhibit also features an augmented reality ‘Basquiat and Music’ app for those visiting the museum.

A look in …

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Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988), ‘Un comité d’experts’, 1982. MBAM, don d’Ira Young. © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York. Photo Douglas M. Parker

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Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988), ‘Dog Bite / Ax to Grind’, 1983. Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York

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Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988), ‘Beat Bop’, 1983. Collection Emmanuelle et Jérôme de Noirmont. © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York

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Application de réalité augmentée Basquiat et la musique. Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988), ‘King Zulu, 1986. Barcelone, collection MACBA, prêt à long terme du gouvernement de la Catalogne (ancienne collection Salvatore Riera). © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York

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Seeing Loud. Basquiat And Music @ MMFA

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Header Art:

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988), Anybody Speaking Words, 1982. Collection particulière, Suisse. © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York. Photo Fotoearte

 

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