“Basquiat and the Bayou is the not-to-miss show at Prospect.3”


Prospect.3 New Orleans, the third iteration of the citywide international art exhibition that first wowed the art world in 2008, takes place Oct. 25 through Jan. 25. The big, irregularly scheduled show promises to provide Crescent Cityites and visitors with dozens of individual exhibits in venues across the city.

As reported by | The Times-Picayune in August 2013, the No. 1 stop is sure to be “Basquiat and the Bayou,” a collection of Southern-oriented artworks by the late superstar Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

Basquiat (1960-1988) is certainly the most famous artist of his generation, and his work remains resonant today. He began as a teenage graffiti writer during the late ’70s, early ’80s heyday of tagging. Discovered by the commercial art world, Basquiat’s expressionist painting style soon led to immense popularity and profit. In time, Basquiat became the painterly protégé of Pop art legend Andy Warhol. The 27-year-old artist traveled to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 1988. That same year, his meteoric art world rise ended, when he died of a drug overdose. His life story was told in the 1996 film, “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child.”