2006-BRONZE: Street to Studio: The Art of Jean-Michel Basquiat
Street to Studio: The Art of Jean-Michel Basquiat is a colorful Web site whose design is unified by mining the themes of the artist's aesthetic. Each page is filled with subtle details which visually reinforce Basquiat's journey from graffiti artist through to his transformation as a cultural icon. The Brooklyn Museum's online companion to the Basquiat exhibition was specifically aimed toward teenagers in the three cities visited by the traveling exhibition, and moved beyond as young people around the world visited the site and discussed various aspects of the artist's troubled life, musical influences, political and cultural themes in an open forum. Some sample posts included:
"He truly was a master and an originator of a style that incorporated images and words evoking feelings of self reflection, hope, and pain".—RV from Los Angeles
"His pictures make one think about life, about our cultures, about our goals and about our failures."—Iyana from FL
"Spiritual, historical, and personal describe Basquiat's style."—Cindy Mae from Houston
Video, sound, and photographic elements are used to enhance the artist's own words while exploring the exhibition itself—Basquiat's life and artistic imagery. Site navigators were encouraged to explore their own artistic side and were treated to an online gallery for participants.
To experience this site is to immerse onself in the work and the legend of Basquiat.