Happy birthday to Jean-Michel Basquiat, who would have been 52 years old today.
A remarkable capacity for introspection and distillation made itself apparent in the graffiti work of Basquiat’s teen years, wherein he adopted the pseudonym SAMO and sprayed messages onto walls throughout NYC. This craft of creating metaphors, and a sense of play in staging opposing dichotomies (integration and segregation, wealth and poverty, etc.) came to define his work as a painter.
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec - Bivouac is an exhibition (MCA Chicago / oct 20, 2012-jan 20, 2013) of work by two of the most exciting and innovative designers working today. The brothers not only design elegant and beautiful objects—chairs, sofas, lamps, tables, and dishware—but they also develop pioneering hybrid forms that defy categorization as they shape space in clever new ways. The title of the show is inspired by this multipurpose hybridity, as a bivouac is a lightweight encampment or shelter that can be adapted to its environment just as Bouroullec products are activated by their end-users and the spaces they inhabit.