Skip to Content

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Hollywood Africans (detail), 1983, acrylic and oil stick on canvas, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Gift of Douglas S. Cramer. Image: © Whitney Museum of American Art / Licensed by Scala / Art Resource, NY. © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York

5: Chromatic Dispatches: Télémaque, Basquiat

A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts

  • Sunday, April 24, 2022
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • West Building Lecture Hall or Virtual
  • Virtual Program

This is the fifth talk of the six-part series Colorstruck! Painting, Pigment, Affect, presented by Richard J. Powell of Duke University for the 71st A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts. Learn more about the series.

This talk pairs the works of the 1980s art legend Jean-Michel Basquiat and the innovative Haitian-born, Paris-based painter Hervé Télémaque—compatriots in spotlighting the transgressive powers of the autographic paintbrush and the maker’s mark. Their mutual interest in history and their shared enthusiasm for contemporary signs and insignia not only facilitated postmodern interpretations of Blackness but also conveyed an astute understanding of painting’s affective reach via color.

Registration is required to attend in person or virtually.