Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks

There are so many things I could say about the legendary Jean-Michel Basquiat, but no words could fully capture this magnificent radiant child that left us far too soon.

Jean-Michel Basquiat
Jean-Michel Basquiat

This Brooklyn-born artist successfully united the posh art world with the grittiness, no-nonsense approach of graffiti, sprinkling it with powerful poetic proses, touching upon his daily existence. Jean-Michel, who was of Puerto Rican and Haitian descent, was a popular ladies man and even dated an up-and-coming artist named Madonna. You might have heard of her.

Jean-Michel Basquiat and Madonna
Jean-Michel Basquiat and Madonna

But Jean-Michel also had to battle discrimination and was very frustrated for being treated differently due to his background and skin color. Tragically, he died at infamous 27 from a drug overdose.

Photo of Jean-Michel Basquiat taken by me at the Brooklyn Museum
Photo of Jean-Michel Basquiat taken by me at the Brooklyn Museum

His legacy thrives on and has garnered a growing fan base. Just ask Jay-Z, Kanye West, Swizz Beatz, and Nas, just to name a few.

Jean-Michel Basquiat artwork taken by me at the Brooklyn Museum.
Jean-Michel Basquiat artwork taken by me at the Brooklyn Museum.

I’ve never had the honor of meeting Basquiat, but I have encountered several of his peers over the years, including filmmaker Tamra Davis, who made an amazing film about his life. I highly recommend it.

Artwork of Jean-Michel Basquiat taken by me.
Artwork of Jean-Michel Basquiat taken by me.

I’ve been to many exhibitions dedicated to Basquiat over the years, so when the Brooklyn Museum announced they were hosting their very own, titled “Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks,” you know I was going.

Jean-Michel Basquiat's membership to the Brooklyn Museum from his childhood. Photo taken by me.
Jean-Michel Basquiat’s membership to the Brooklyn Museum from his childhood. Photo taken by me.

According to the Brooklyn Museum: “The first major exhibition of the artist’s notebooks, Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks features 160 pages of these rarely seen documents, along with related works on paper and large-scale paintings.”

A page from one of Jean-Michel Basquiat's notebooks. Photo taken by me.
A page from one of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s notebooks. Photo taken by me.

For this breezy day, I wore this gorgeous coral vintage-inspired dress by UK-based designer Coco Fennell.

Photo by Alexcia Foster
Photo by Alexcia Foster

Personally, I would buy everything by this stylish lady as her pieces are super comfortable, downright beautiful, and a hit for any occasion. Her pieces have even been worn by UK It-Girls, like Rita Ora and Daisy Lowe, just to name a few.

Photo by Alexcia Foster
Photo by Alexcia Foster

My favorite part of this piece is its tulip-print middle panel, featuring a tie back. It cinches your waist like a corset, but fits like a dream.

Photo by Alexcia Foster
Photo by Alexcia Foster

I pared my outfit with usual cat-eye sunglasses, gold jewelry, and “Fire and Ice” lipstick by Revlon.

Photo by Alexcia Foster
Photo by Alexcia Foster

Love this dress as much as I do? Coco is still offering it in her online shop, but not for long!

Photo by Alexcia Foster
Photo by Alexcia Foster

I would like to think that Basquiat would have approved of my style for this day.

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