Zero to hero: The life of Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s life may have ended in a tragedy, especially at such a young age, but his contribution to the art world is anything but tragic.

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Born in 1960 to an American-Puerto Rican mother and a Haitian father, Basquiat’s talent and affinity for art were evident early in his life. His mother would always bring him to art museums and enrolled him in an arts-oriented school.

Things took a turn, however, when his parents separated when he was nine years old. At age 17, he dropped out of high school and left home. He slept on the streets, in abandoned buildings, or, if he was fortunate enough, stayed with friends in Brooklyn.

His passion for art did not waver, though. He made a living by selling shirts and homemade postcards, while also beginning a graffiti campaign together with friend Al Diaz. They did their work in New York under the project SAMO.

His work received widespread attention and began to emerge as one of the most well-known artists in the Neo-expressionism and Punk Art movements. Notable art critic Rene Ricard’s article on Basquiat for Artforum magazine helped jumpstart the young New York artist’s swift rise to fame.

It ended as quickly as it started, unfortunately, when Basquiat was found dead at his start studio due to heroin overdose. He was only 27 years old when he passed away.

Still, his legacy in the art industry remains intact, serving as inspiration for contemporary artists.


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The Three General Approaches of the Abstract Expressionist Movement

Abstract expressionism provided artists a way to convey their creativity and artistic expression in a wide array of styles and techniques. But even if it was known for being such a diverse art movement, abstract expressionism was characterized by three general approaches:

Action painting

Probably the most known of the three, action painting, also known as gestural abstraction, is defined by paint spontaneously and loosely dripped or spilled onto the canvas. The brushstrokes or patterns might seem like they were dictated by chance, and while it is partially true, the painting is done with intent.

Abstract Impressionism

Abstract Impressionism, also called color imagist or color field is considered the middle ground in abstract expressionism, for it is less spontaneous and more structured than action painting and more dynamic or expressive than the third approach. It is characterized by delicate imagery, fluid shapes, and almost calligraphic pictures.

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Least expressive approach

This approach had no known name, but it is defined as the subtlest abstract expressionism style. By using well-defined abstract images and large areas or fields of pure color, it is meant to evoke meditation and personal reflection. The most prominent artists of this style (i.e. Adolph Gottlieb, Mark Rothko, and Barnett Newman), explained, “We favor the simple expression of the complex thought.”

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The Colors Of Hans Hofmann

His high-key palette of reds, yellows, and greens has been observed by some as “too decorative”. Untroubled by observations, Hans Hofmann—both a scientist and painter—explored the road of cubism and abstract art. And just like the scientist that he was, he paved a new way for the style, and has become an influence to many artists’ work.



Hans Hofmann was an artist and a teacher at the same time he was working on his notable paintings. His works were heavily influenced by his respect for the laws of nature, and his paintings spoke well of his belief that a human’s entire being is nourished by color.

Valuing travel and the importance of experiencing different landscapes led him to hold summer courses outside the city. His passion for teaching and painting led his discovery towards having balance in his work. As a teacher, he learned that he needed to be accurate about giving his students directions. And as an artist, he focused on staying true to himself. He made sure that his students stayed true to themselves, as well.



Although he was never a leader of any movement, hints of Hans Hofmann in 20th century paintings make for a true report that he was indeed one of the most influential artists of the abstract expressionism movement. From personally knowing Matisse and Picasso, to migrating to another continent to find the real expression of nature through color, Hans Hofmann made himself a teacher his students dearly loved, and an artist worth thanking for giving satisfaction to the soul.

Even after his passing, his paintings continue to shape artists around the world.

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Artistic Pluralism:Appreciating Contemporary Art

Contemporary art is defined as the “art that has been and continues to be created during our lifetime.” However, it should not be confused with its predecessor, modern art. Many authority figures in the arts consider the delineation between contemporary and modern arts to be somewhere in the 1960s and 1970s because it was during this time that the postmodern art began to emerge.




It was also in the 1970s that the ease of classifying artistic movements into categories started to decline. More and more artists branched out into different “movements” that cannot be categorized because there were only about ten artists in any given “movement.”

Many of them also shunned the notion of mainstream art, instead accepting that there is a variety of artistic themes and intentions. It gave rise to the concept of “artistic pluralism.”

Contemporary artists also found themselves inspired by the ever-changing global environment, the diverse culture all around, and the continuous advancement of technology. These have allowed artists during the 1970s until today to become more multifaceted, work in a wide selection of mediums, and express themselves without being bounded by predefined artistic characteristics or styles.

Even the continuous progress of video technology gave birth to the concept of video art. Now, audiences can do more than just view artistic creations – they are now able to experience it.




This is just one example of the beauty of contemporary art, an art form that is continuing to evolve even up to this day.

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Consumerism And Deconstruction In The Age Of Pop Art

Pop Art found its way in the mainstream during the ‘50s. Despite the arrival of subsequent movements in the world of visual art, Pop Art continues to have an influence among art lovers and mass consumers alike. Unfamiliar to many, there are other motivations beneath the vibrant and blatant images in Pop Art.



The ‘50s were a time when people were moving on from the atrocities of World War II. There was a boom in culture, and a consumerist mentality was ingrained in the minds of those who belonged to this generation. Thus, art became a way to entice people to spend more and amass more belongings. With straightforward advertisements, mass audiences surrendered to their need to spend and own.

This phenomenon led artists to use the current trend to address what is being forgotten in their generation. By using screen printing techniques, artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein addressed the consumerist practices that seem to be overshadowing the culture. It was also a way to deconstruct what people were becoming accustomed to. Taking a familiar element and reproducing it in different ways unsettled audiences and led them to think about their reality. Creating a print of a product like a soup can and framing it as an artwork was a way to take an object out of its common context. This was a move that shattered familiarity and awakened interpretation.



The era’s shift in values and a generation’s seeming desire to drive their culture and economy forward exposed a culture that adopted a materialistic and workaholic mentality. Pop Art showed that with this mindset, the boundaries that set apart class struggles could be reconciled through art.

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The Avant-Garde Movement: Understanding Its Influence In Art And History

A prevailing art movement in a particular era may not accept a certain aesthetic. This was the case for artists of the Avant-garde movement who were cast aside by critics of what was then considered high art. Avant-garde, which means “vanguard” in French, became art that was influenced by socialist ideas. Artists of this movement believed that their works, aside from being creative outlets, had the power to educate and influence the masses aside from being a creative outlet.


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In Zurich, Switzerland, the movement Dadaism exhibited anarchist and anti-bourgeois works. Founded by Hugo Ball and Emmy Hennings, the group became a place where artists can explore their art without being tainted by politics and other moralistic patterns.

Unlike other eras in art, avant-garde and Dadaism didn’t just dwell on the visuals. Poetry and performance art became key aspects of this era in modern art. Found visual art, unstructured verses, and interpretative pieces characterized the movement. At this point, Avant-garde became a movement that shattered the society’s preconceived notions about what can be considered art.


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Perhaps one of the greatest contributions of this movement to the history of art is that it valued innovation and expression over structure. It pushed the boundaries of the field that led to radical ideas. Moreover, it marked a return to trusting an artist’s vision for his or her own work.

Mark Borghi Fine Art was founded in New York City in 1998. Its founder, Mark Borghi, subsequently opened a second gallery in Bridgehampton, New York in 2004, which served as a summer outpost with the same program as its flagship location, and another in Palm Springs, Florida in 2011. Visit this page for gallery updates.

Remembering The Enigma That Was Andy Warhol

When it comes to artistic expression in 20th century America, very few names are as mentioned as Andy Warhol’s. He led pop art, which was a visual art movement in the mid-20th century, and came up with pieces that depict the links between celebrities, advertising, and artistic expression. This movement was at its peak in the 60s.


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Warhol’s career took off when he became a commercial illustrator. He became famous, but he also, like countless artists before him, became a figure of controversy. Warhol did many things when it came to his art. He drew by hand, painted, printed, photographed, sculpted, directed movies, and even wrote songs, among others.

He called his art studio The Factory. It was very popular to people of different artistic inclinations. The Factory was often the destination of choice of well-known intellectuals, writers, drag queens, people from the Bohemian movement, Hollywood celebs, and many more.

One of his sideline works included managing the punk rock trailblazing band, The Velvet Underground. He also set up Interview magazine and wrote many books.

Warhol was also openly gay, and he was at a time society didn’t accept it.


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Today, his influence is felt in almost every facet of artistic America. From exhibits, to books, to movies and documentaries, Andy Warhol and his legacy endures. He even has a museum named after him in his home town of Pittsburgh.

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