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 new film for The Art Channel visits an exhibition at Tate Modern by one of the most influential artists of the 20th Century, Robert Rauschenberg.
Working across printing, photography, painting, assemblage, technology and performance, Robert Rauschenberg is one of the most influential American artists of the 20th Century. He wanted to act in the gap between art and life, experimenting with the nature of art and linking historic Dada artists like Marcel Duchamp and Kurt Schwitters with contemporary art. The exhibition runs at Tate Modern before transferring to the Museum Of Modern Art in New York City.