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Jean Michel Basquiat Biography, History and Paintings
Jean Michel Basquiat
JEAN MICHEL BASQUIAT
(1960-88) Born to middle-class parents his father a Haitian-American and his mother was Puertorican , Basquiat was a cardboard box inhabiting graffiti artist of '70s, '80s New York.

He was 'discovered' by the influential journalist/poet/critic Rene Ricard, and the Pop Art genius Andy Warhol, who both loved Basquiat's scribbly, colourful, street style.

By the time he was 24 years of age, Basquiat had had 23 one-man shows, 43 group shows and had been the subject of over 50 articles in the press.

His high-speed rise to fame only fuelled his drug-habit, and in 1988, a year after Andy Warhol died, Basquiat overdosed on heroin.

In 1996, Julian Schnabel directed an engaging film about the artist's life in Manhattan in the money-driven eighties.




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