Oh, I’m so delighted to share some of the work we’ve been doing studying the late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, aka The Radiant Child. This exploration was definitely inspired by the interests of the children (anatomy, playing with color and form in their art, etc.) but was certainly not explicitly asked for. I’m still sorting through the balance of totally emergent, self-directed work and surrounding the children with unapologetic, Cosmically Black resources and experiences to counteract the insidious white supremacy that is (post) colonial America. Our artist studies are typically a bit more initiated by the themes that I pull out of their independent curiosities and are one of the primary ways that I include art, history and culture of Africa and the Diaspora. Little Sparrow in particular identified with Basquiat as a kindred spirit in mischief and creativity.
Here are some suggestions for how to go about an artist study with someone as prolific as Basquiat.
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