Bird on Money
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Bird on Money
Jean-Michel Basquiat (American, Neo-Expressionism, 1960-1988): Bird on Money, 1981. Acrylic, crayon on canvas. 167.5 x 228.5 cm. Private Collection.



"The painting is an homage to one of Jean-Michel Basquiat's heroes, jazz saxman Charlie Parker ... yardbird ... was one of the musician's nicknames." (© The Virginian-Pilot)



“... Basquiat was nothing if not sophisticated. He toyed with primitivist tropes rhythmically the way jazz musicians play with standards. He made that connection himself; the names of famous jazz players turn up in many of his works."

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/22/arts/design/jean-michel-basquiat-at-the-gagosian-gallery-in-chelsea.html



Of Interest—excellent! (includes Basquiat slide show and short video): http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/22/jean-michel-basquiat-birthday-15-things-about-the-artist_n_2347564.html



Of Interest: http://www.theartstory.org/artist-basquiat-jean-michel.htm



Neo-Expressionism (Late 1970s — Early 1990s): http://www.theartstory.org/movement-neo-expressionism.htm