On August 12, 1988, Jean-Michael Basquiat died penniless. He was 27 years old.
On May 18, 2017, one of Basquiat's paintings sold for $110.5 million dollars.2017 The Guardian/2017 The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat / ADAGP, Paris / ARS, via Sotheby's
What is the value of Black art? How much will the market bear? How much does Black life cost?
On January 27th, Buy My Soul And Call It Art
, a performance art experience, will premiere in Durham, North Carolina. With a team of over 30 local artists, this immersive exhibition will explore the relationship between Black performance and mainstream arts spaces, the emotional labor of Black artists, the importance of Black joy and the connection between the slave market and the arts market.
Your investment in this work will allow us to achieve the following:
*Rental Space at Living Arts Collective - $1,300
*Technical, Lighting, Props and Costume Needs - $1,500
*Marketing and Printing - $250
*Performers and Crew - $1,450
*Closing Dinner - $1,500
Most importantly, your contribution will allow this work to be an arts experience without any financial barriers to the audience. All will truly be welcome.
Durham is my artistic home and there is nowhere else I'd rather premiere this work, no other community I'd rather create with and no other creative moment I'd rather be part of.
Thank you for taking this journey with me.