, Jean-Michel Basquiat


Expressionism, Jean-Michel Basquiat

“They [artists of the 1980s] deliberately moved into practices--performance art, installations, earthworks--that left behind very little that could be hung on some rich guy's walls. It was an approach that a lot of artists returned to in the '90s.  To put it mildly, the biggest names of the '80s had no such compunctions about money.”

-quoted in "How Does '80s Art Look Now" in Time Magazine by Richard Lacayo-, Julian Schnabel

Becoming popular in the European art world, particularly Germany, Neo-Expressionism gathered strength in the American art scene through artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Julian Schnabel.  This movement is generally categorized as producing large works infused with feelings expressed through provocative subjects, especially figurative works.   Some of these works utilized a variety of found or unusual materials such as ceramics as is the case in the work of Schnabel (Archer).