Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Jealous of the Moon

So today, I have decided just a quick post because I am meant to be writing an essay. I thought I would share a short video, which is one of my favourites.

It is a scene from the movie Basquiat, about the 'graffiti' neo-expressionist artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. I love this movie, I love Jean-Michel Basquiat's work and this scene also has my favourite cover song in it 'Its All Over Now Baby Blue' by Van Morrison. I think it's a cool clip, and depending on what mood you're in can make you feel very happy or very sad.

So this is it...

"He says he's jealous of the moon, because you look at it. He's jealous of the sun, because it warms you. He says, I feel you, even when I'm not feeling you. I talk to you when I'm not talking to you. I love you, even when I'm not loving you."

Untitled (Skull) 1982 - Jean-Michel Basquiat

"I don't listen to what art critics say. I don't know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is." Jean-Michel Basquiat

Untitled 1983 - Jean-Michel Basquiat
One of the things I always found interesting about Basquiat's work was the way he used vile words to describe humans. I also like the way he crosses words out. Some have thought the idea behind this was to make the words more prominent and important in their absence, I think it works well.  We all want to see things we're not supposed to see.

Anyway, my sister and I discovered Basquiat when we were quite young and bought calendars to hang in our rooms. We thought we were so cool for knowing this, out there, artist and treated it like he was our own discovery. I didn't really understand why I loved his work maybe it had to do with the bright colours or maybe it had to do with the fact it wasn't a form of art our mum and dad had ever shown us. Either way both of us still love him and we both still have our calenders.

If you want to look at more of his artworks you can here.


  1. Amazing movie. The final scene is mind blowing. Thank you for sharing this.

  2. My pleasure, I'm glad you enjoyed it. The final scene is perfect.


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