The life and legacy of acclaimed artist Jean-Michel Basquiat will soon come to a small canvas near us.
This became known on Thursday 21 bridges and If Beale Street could talk Star Stephan James would portray the famous character in an upcoming limited series co-produced by Boat Rocker Studios and production banner of James and his brother Shamier Anderson, Bay Mills Studios.
Per diversity, the untitled project is said to be about “the rise of Basquiat, from obscure graffiti artist to neo-expressionist painter with rock star status”. It will also detail his friendship with influential artist Andy Warhol, as well as his tragic and untimely death in 1988.
“I’m thrilled to be collaborating with Boat Rocker to bring the story of Jean-Michel Basquiat to life,” James said in a statement. “Jean-Michel is an artist I have long admired and who has greatly influenced my work over the years. Embodying such a revolutionary whose influence in the modern era of pop culture is simply immeasurable will simply be one of the greatest honors of my career.”
Steve Lescroart, President of Scripted for Boat Rocker Studios added: “We are grateful to be collaborating with Shamier, Stephan and the entire team at Bay Mills Studios to tell the story of a visionary artist whose profound cultural influence continues to grow over time continues to increase. We know audiences around the world will be mesmerized.”
Basquait’s life and work seem to be having a moment lately. pose Star is Jeremy Pope is portraying him in a new play, Cooperation, at the Young Vic Theater in London. And just last month we told you that Cyrano and The photography Star Kelvin Harrison Jr. would show us his interpretation of the artist in an upcoming biopic, Sam is alive.
And if you needed more proof earlier this month, the Orlando Art Museum debuted a brand new one heroes and monsters Exhibition with over 20 rare Basquiat works. The paintings are said to have been “done in 1982 while the artist was temporarily residing in Los Angeles” and are “considered by many to represent Basquiat’s finest period in his short career”.
For more information and to visit the exhibition, you are welcome to come by omart.org.