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Alison Saar and Jean-Michel Basquiat tap into the creative power of the African diaspora and their own personal identities.




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Jean Michel Basquiat
Alison Saar



Jean-Michel Basquiat
Untitled (Skull) (1981)

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Since the late 1970s, many African American artists have been concerned with self-expression and the exploration of issues that concern African peoples worldwide. This came during a time when many scholars began diaspora studies that analyzed the commonalities shared by people of African descent around the world. Artists such as Alison Saar explored this idea and began to use themes from African and Caribbean cultures and traditions in their art. At the same time, many artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat began using their own life experiences to develop a highly personal art form.
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