"As one of my favourite artists, it’s very encouraging + exciting to see so much recognition and tribute re-emerging for Basquiat. His effect on art and art culture came from such a personal style, which was not only uniquely powerful, but has transcended time - the true testament of any artist. It’s only fitting and proper that Paris should honor him by dedication of a public square. It is my hope that they fill it with evolving art projects that encourage and inspire future artists to come." - June Johnson, Principal of Supernova PR
Jean-Michel Basquiat Receives Honor as Paris’ City Council approves a proposal to dedicate + name a public square in the city’s 13th arrondissement, after the late artist.
“Basquiat is one of the biggest contemporary artists,” Jérôme Coumet, the district’s major, told Le Figaro. “He defended the cause of African-Americans in the U.S., and was also a lover of France. He was the artist who blazed the trail for street art, and art in public space.”
The public square is currently under construction, but will be officially named ”Place Jean-Michel Basquiat” at a later, undetermined date.
The 13th arrondissement has, in recent years, received more prestige for it’s affinity of street art and art in general.