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Collection Close-UpsD.S. Kinsel and Quaishawn Whitlock

Jean-Michel Basquiat stands smiling on a street in New York.

Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat (detail), 1985, © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

D.S. Kinsel is an award-winning artist, creative entrepreneur, and agitator based in Pittsburgh. He joins Quaishawn Whitlock, Artist Educator at The Warhol and frequent collaborator, for a dynamic conversation exploring Jean-Michel Basquiat’s artistic practice and legendary persona. They take a closer look at rarely exhibited objects from The Warhol’s collection, from tools and clothing Basquiat used in his studio to the poignant collaborative sculpture he created in response to the murder of Michael Stewart, a fellow Black artist, in 1984.

About the Collection Close-Ups Series

Collection Close-Ups is a free video series that invites artists and community members to engage in dialogue about the contemporary relevance of objects in The Andy Warhol Museum’s collection. To watch more Collection Close-Ups videos, visit the archives.

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