Jean-Michel Basquiat and Antiquity

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Classical antiquity was a significant but overlooked interlocutor in Jean-Michel Basquiat's well-studied conversations with black history and his contemporary world. Basquiat drew on his knowledge of classical antiquity to explore issues of culture and heritage, imperialism, and social exclusion. The interaction of themes from ancient history, black history, and American history in his paintings provided him ways to think about military, political, and cultural imperialism in America's past and present. His references to classical antiquity are part of a larger investigation into the dynamics of power that grows out of his own complex background, experiences, and self-education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalClassical Receptions Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Classics
  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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