I found an interesting short film about Jean-Michel Basquiat that was produced as a promotional piece for the record-breaking auction sale that took place last night. The film was made by Tamra Davis, who reflects on her friendship with Basquiat, and it includes parts of several interviews made by her over the years in which he describes his process for making art. I thought it was interesting how he compared his approach to music, where musicians might reference another musician or – in the case of hip hop – where actual samples would be included in new music. Basquiat’s thought was: if a rapper can use James Brown samples in his music, why can’t I use art samples in my work?
There’s a lot more to the video than my brief overview … check it out here: