UPDATED 1/7/2022 - THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED. : SAMO, an anonymous teenager, emerged into the public's consciousness in 1979 through his graffiti on downtown Manhattan walls. Three years later, now known as Jean-Michel Basquiat, he painted a work that in 2016 brought $110,500,000 at auction. Charming, rebellious, and inspired, Basquiat was an artist, a celebrity, an art star, and, more. A man without a high school education had surprising insights into the tensions of modern culture. When he died at 27 of a drug overdose, Basquiat left an enormous oeuvre that continues to thrill and puzzle an art world that has so far failed to successfully categorize him. Mentored by and friend of Andy Warhol, rival and friend of Keith Haring, influenced by Robert Rauschenberg and Cy Twombly, Basquiat remains distinctly unique. This course will explore the life and work of one of our most intriguing contemporary artists. We will look at the great body of his art and the eclectic influences he chose to inform his work. | Lecture + Q&A.