Thursday, August 11, 2016
Local artists pay tribute to a legendary street artist at 'Hello Basquiat'
By Jessica Bryce Young
on Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 7:00 AM
7 p.m. | through Oct. 8 | Defined Enterprises, 279 Douglas Ave., Altamonte Springs | 321-972-4800 | definedenterprises.com
The multivalent creative space known as Defined Enterprises regularly brings novel experiences to Altamonte Springs (not always thought of as an arts hub). The photography, video and recording studio also hosts a small gallery, and this show takes it over with an homage to the late Jean-Michel Basquiat. The street artist and musician died of a heroin overdose in 1988, but is still emblematic of a certain late-'70s moment when graffiti, hip-hop and punk coalesced and intersected in downtown Manhattan. Like his contemporary Andy Warhol, his style – both personal and artistic – is sui generis, yet so distinctive it's easy to render a recognizable "tribute," and that's what these artists have done. Expect food and drink, affordable works on the walls, live jazz and a candlelight vigil at 10:30 p.m.