Do You Know About Basquiat? A Celebrity Quiz!

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Jean-Michel Basquiat (December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988) was an American artist. He began as an obscure graffiti artist in New York City in the late 1970s and evolved into an acclaimed Neo-expressionist and Primitivist painter by the 1980s. Take this quiz to learn more about his life and art. You will find out the correct answers when you complete the quiz.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    In 1976, Basquiat and fellow street artist Al Diaz began creating graffiti in Lower Manhattan under what pseudonym?

    • A.

      BAAD

    • B.

      SAMO

    • C.

      DIBA

    Correct Answer
    B. SAMO
    Explanation
    Basquiat and fellow street artist Al Diaz began creating graffiti in Lower Manhattan under the pseudonym "SAMO." This pseudonym allowed them to remain anonymous while leaving their mark on the city streets.

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  • 2. 

    Basquiat appeared in a rock video called Rapture, performed by Blondie. What character did Basquiat play in the video?

    • A.

      Himself

    • B.

      A Dancer

    • C.

      A Night Club Disc Jockey

    Correct Answer
    C. A Night Club Disc Jockey
    Explanation
    Watch the video here, and see Basquiat at about frame 1:55.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHCdS7O248g

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  • 3. 

    Basquiat often painted in a particular expensive outfit and then would wear the paint-splattered ensembles to public appearances. Describe the type of clothing.

    • A.

      Armani suits

    • B.

      Tuxedos

    • C.

      Jos. A. Banks

    Correct Answer
    A. Armani suits
    Explanation
    Basquiat often painted in expensive Armani suits and would then wear the paint-splattered ensembles to public appearances. This suggests that Basquiat had a preference for high-end clothing and was not afraid to incorporate his artistic process into his personal style.

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  • 4. 

    On February 10, 1985, Basquiat appeared on the cover of what magazine, in a feature entitled "New Art, New Money: The Marketing of an American Artist"?

    • A.

      The L Magazine

    • B.

      NY Arts Magazine

    • C.

      The New York Times

    Correct Answer
    C. The New York Times
    Explanation
    Basquiat appeared on the cover of The New York Times in a feature entitled "New Art, New Money: The Marketing of an American Artist" on February 10, 1985.

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  • 5. 

    What is the name of this piece by Basquiat?

    • A.

      Fade to Black

    • B.

      Untitled (History of the Black People)

    • C.

      The Black Parade

    Correct Answer
    B. Untitled (History of the Black People)
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Untitled (History of the Black People)" because the question is asking for the name of the piece by Basquiat, and this option matches the given title.

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  • 6. 

    For much of his work, Jean-Michel frequently used a certain book for visual reference.  What book was it?

    • A.

      Gray's Anatomy

    • B.

      What is Gray?

    • C.

      The Picture of Gray

    Correct Answer
    A. Gray's Anatomy
    Explanation
    Jean-Michel frequently used Gray's Anatomy as a visual reference for his work.

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