Have You Ever Heard About The Great Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat?!!

20140129-190641.jpg Jean-Michel Basquiat (December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988) was a Haitian-American artist. Basquiat first achieved notoriety as part of SAMO, an informal graffiti group who wrote enigmatic epigrams in the cultural hotbed of the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York City during the late 1970s where the hip hop, post-punk and street art movements had coalesced. By the 1980s he was exhibiting his Neo-expressionist and Primitivist paintings in galleries and museums internationally, but he died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27 in 1988. Basquiat sold his first painting in 1981, and by 1982, spurred by the Neo-Expressionist art boom, his work was in great demand. In 1985, he was featured on the cover of The New York Times Magazine in connection with an article on the newly exuberant international art market; this was unprecedented for an African-American artist, and for one so young. Since Basquiat’s death in 1988, his market has developed steadily – with a dramatic peak in 2007 when, at the height of the art market boom, the global auction volume for his work was over $115m.

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Opposition mounts against Newark, N.J. school reorganization plan

20140129-135539.jpg Peggy McGlone/The Star-Ledger
Jan 29, 2014 11:01 AM
NEWARK — Opposition to Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson’s school reorganization plan reached new heights at the School Advisory Board meeting last night, when the crowd drove Anderson from the building, writes John Mooney at NJSpotight.

National teacher’s union president Randi Weingarten joined the hundreds of people at First Avenue School to protest the plan, which calls for wide-spread changes, including closing some buildings, expanding charter schools into others and consolidating several more.

The meeting is the first since Anderson unveiled the One Newark plan last month and demonstrates the mounting opposition to the proposal. Earlier this month, several principals spoke out against the district and were suspended for a week as a result. On Monday, they filed a lawsuit in federal court.