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Jean Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) grew up in Brooklyn. His first notoriety came when he was making street paintings under the tag SAMO. Later he stormed the gallery world, and became an icon of New York's vibrant early-80s downtown scene, a friend to and collaborator with Andy Warhol and Francesco Clemente, and the cover boy for a 1985 "New York Times Magazine" story on the new art market. His death following a heroin overdose at 27 did not by any means decrease interest in his work, which was...See more