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Challenging Conventions: Basquiat's Groundbreaking Aesthetic in 'The Melting Point of Ice

Jean-Michel created a visual aesthetic that was uniquely his own and a considerable departure from what the art world of that time was accustomed to. In the film “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child”, Ann Temkin, Chief Curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, shares her thoughts about how new art work is oftentimes initially met with discomfort:

“When you first see brand new work, chances are, if it is really significant, it will be uncomfortable to somebody like myself, because I am so immersed in what painting up until now looked like.

And with Basquiat, many art professionals had skepticism about what he was doing because the paintings didn’t necessarily fit their idea about museum painting, and yet of course, that is exactly what is necessary to create the art of the future.”

Artwork: Jean-Michel Basquiat, The Melting Point of Ice, (1984)

Source: “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child” (Tamra Davis)

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