After finishing Widow Basquiat I decided to head down to the AGO to see the Basquiat exhibit on now until May 7. I was both pleased and disappointed: Disappointed that Suzanne was not mentioned at all but pleased because the exhibit does send a powerful message. Black Live Matter.
I quite enjoyed the book. It focuses on Basquiat’s relationship with his muse Suzanne and their sordid relationship. It’s told through a series of vignettes but written like a lyrical poem. Suzanne’s own words and memories are mentioned, in italics, alongside the author’s retelling of their story. It’s another tale of love and heartbreak between talented people set in New York, much like Just Kids.
I finished reading Generation X just in time to visit the Douglas Coupland exhibit at the ROM. (Part of the exhibit is also at MOCCA, but I haven’t gotten the chance to head down there yet). I loved Generation X, it so so surreal and absurd, and while it is written about those born in the 1950s-60, the sentiments and themes apply all the same to our generation. As strange as it sounds, I saw some similarities between Generation X and Girls, especially in some of the dialogue that had between the characters. The vague sense of perpetual dissatisfaction with one’s life is a theme in both Generation X, and current writing about “Millennials.”
I was also blown away by the exhibit. His art, shows such a deep understanding of human nature and the problems that plague us. Coupled has managed to stay relevant, being inspired now by what he calls the “21st Century Condition.” I took a bunch of photos and you can see them here, as well as read more of the thoughts I had about this exhibit.