[art, literature + culture: jean-michel basquiat]
which icon did you re-imagine and why?
i re-imagined the art icon jean-michel basquiat. he is the creative ghost that haunts me as a scholar. one of the reasons, besides “the cosby show,” that i began my journey on the post-huxtable theory, is because of his trajectory in the art world and the implications it had in the u.s. artworld on “black art” versus art, and the question that arose on african american/black american culture and social-identity. albeit, the art world still lags behind on this subject almost XXX years later, and the african american/black american community is still discussing the social context of their identity in the u.s. basquiat, was an afro-futurist and very ahead of his time; as well, he was a genius who unapologetic-ally challenged society’s views of theblack body and the spaces the black body could occupy in u.s. culture. check out my open-letter/essay to him here.
II. if you could live the life (as you know it) of any visual artist from the MCMLXXX’s or early MCMXC’s, who would it be and why?
this is a very tricky question as a large majority of the visual artists during those time frames had personal lives that i morally disagree with. if i only focused on the artistic side of the life of andy warhol—i would live his life. he was basically the center of the u.s. artworld and mentored/discovered various creatives. i would also love to see the behind-the-scenes of the factory and peek into the lives of some of my favorite pop people of the MCMLXXX’s such as basquiat, grace, keith, etc, while exploring the vibrant nyc art scene during that time.
III. of these three options-a library, central park, or walmart, which would be the ideal place, to you, to engage in public sexual intercourse?
wow, what a question! the girls, the neonV collective, are probably getting a kick out of this public question being asked of me. i am by no means a “prude” yet, i am what most would consider a “very private” person and certainly a germaphobe; so, let me answer this the best way i can. if someone must have sexual intercourse in a public place then i would suggest the following: depending on the library, the carpet has been trampled over for many years with the dirty soles of thousands of pairs of shoes. each book in the stacks has been touched by just as many hands and dusting is never the first of a library’s concerns. central park is an awesome place to hang out; but, there are bugs and rodents and trash left behind by many. walmart is just disgusting…how did it make the list?
IV. you have a huge affinity for certain collections: be@r bricks, moleskins, vintage lion jewelry, etc. if you had to get rid of all your collections except one, which would you choose to keep? why?
i am a niche collector versus a hoarder so, the act of making me choose is simply wrong! it would be a very close call between my art collection and my book collection, these are the two collections i would much rather not live without. so, down to the wire, i would keep my book collection because i covet first edition art books when i can; unfortunately, it would have to serve as the art collection too—although, they are not one and the same.
V. art supply or book store and why?
geesh, this is unfair…lol! i would have to choose the art supplies store because they also carry books. yet, if i had to choose just one the world and you girls would hate me because i would go mad.
I: tanekeya word
[the neonV collective describes I in one word]
II: tanekeya is passionate.
III: tanekeya is majestic.
IV: tanekeya is dope-a-licious.
V: tanekeya is futuristic.
“tanekeya as basquiat”
photography: kea dupree I: tanekeya word [concept + creative direction], II: stephanie n. mills [brand ambassador [clothing in shoot is in collab w/barneys]] III: carmela wingfield [hair], IV: michelle german [makeup], V: kimee brown [fashion direction]
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