Jean-Michel Basquiat propelled himself from tagging walls in New York to becoming an artistic prodigy within a short lifespan. Deeply ambitious, he was a self-taught artist who created a whole new language of painting. Basquiat was an exciting and talented artist whose dense paintings compress together the experience of African-Americans with the modern worlds of film, television, sport and music.
My film with Grace Adam for The Art Channel visits White Cube in London to explore and review an exhibition called ‘Walhalla’ by the artist Anselm Kiefer.
Why do artists still make portraits and what do these images tell us about the sitters? The Art Channel investigates in a visit to the National Portrait Gallery in London.
More Sweetly Play The Dance is an eight screen film installation made using performers and drawings that borrows from the Medieval tradition of the Danse Macabre. William Kentridge creates an African funereal procession that celebrates life while warding off death. It echoes the flight of refugees seeking sanctuary today. Elsewhere in the show, Kentridge has made large ink wash paintings that blends together Chinese Marxist propaganda, traditional Chinese art and Manet’s last flower paintings.