Graffiti Aesthetic
Annotated Bibliography due on Blackboard
(If you need additional time to complete, feel free to use Spring Break to finish up!)
"It was as though art had been emptied out by formalism and we had to go back to the well and see what could be put back in." - David Salle
David Salle, Old Bottles, 1995.











"Four decades after Rauschenberg's original experiment, David Salle continues to turn out randomised montages of imagery which have little contextual significance apart from sexual references and homomorphisms (similarities between shapes). From a theoretical point of view what is interesting about such work is that it treats representational imagery like abstract form and colour. It is fundamentally formalist. In terms of deconstruction what is deconstructed is the boundary between abstraction and representation." - Graham Coulter-Smith

David Salle, Colony, 1986.










Eric Fischl, Old Man's Boat and the Old Man's Dog, 1982.
Theodore Gericault, Raft of the Medusa, 1818 - 1819.










Graffiti Aesthetics

1985 Whitney Biennial was called the "Graffiti Show"


Keith Haring drawing in the New York City subway, 1982.










Grand Master Flash & The Furious Five, The Message, 1982


Keith Haring, Untitled, 1985.
Keith Haring, Statue of Liberty, 1986.











Raymond Pettibon, Untitled (Before You Die), 1980.











Jean-Michel Basquiat & Al Diaz, Samo graffiti, 1978.











Jean-Michel Basquiat, Bird on Money, 1981.










Jean-Michel Basquiat, Red Man, 1981.
Jean Michel Basquiat, Skull, 1981.











Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (Sugar Ray Robinson), 1982.











Often cited as the greatest boxer of all time, Sugar Ray Robinson competing in 200 professional bouts that included 108 knockouts in a career spanning 26 years
  • In his autobiography, Robinson wrote that he had spent all of his earnings (about $4 million) by his retirement
  • From the 1960s to his death, Robinson lived mostly in poverty
  • Upon his retirement, when awarded a trophy for his impressive career, he did not have a table strong enough to support its weight
Sugar Ray Robinson











Charles the First

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Charles the First, 1982.











Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Horn Players, 1983.











Five thousand Dollars
Lizzie Himmel, Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1985.
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Five Thousand Dollars, 1982.