Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Mecca - Jean-Michel Basquiat

I think The Mecca is a really cool painting by Basquiat. Basquiat painted his interpretation of New York City as the "Empire." I think it is really cool because of the simplicity. Many think of New York City as a crazy, fast-paced place, but this painting simplifies the city to be just tall skyscrapers. Since Basquiat is from Brooklyn, I think this painting interprets his own thoughts on New York City, as well as his lifestyle, as simple. From an outsiders point of view it may seem hectic, but in his own head, he may have just thought of it as home. In 2013, rapper Jay-Z purchased this painting for $4.5 million.

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