philadelphia murals : the young king

and his fairy friend.

Rosewood Street, between Catherine & Christian Street. Center City, Philly

photo by flickr friend, fen branklin

The Philadelphia Mural program is outstanding. The patterned backgrouds and the fairy always catch my attention. The young king is very dreamy.

Reminds me of Basquiat (1996).

What identifies Jean-Michel Basquiat as a major artist is courage and full powers of self-transformation. That courage, meaning not being afraid to fail, transforms paralyzingly self-conscious ‘predicaments of culture’ into confident ‘ecstasies of cultures recombined.’ He had the guts, what is more, to confront New York art challenge number one: can you transform self and heritage into something new and named?
– Robert Farris Thompson

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