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embattled basquiat

embattled basquiat

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#art/#history: i'm no jean-michel & this is no samo. it's difficult to be pithy & brief when attempting to reduce one of the art world's human comets to an aphorism...& so the point is lost. there was #poetry in his art & art in his poetry. he was a walking contradiction who felt he was owed all & nothing, who wanted wealth but (quite literally) threw it to homeless people in his neighbourhood or gave it to friends as soon as he had it in his hands. acute observations were scrawled across the walls of lower manhattan before images were consecrated on canvas to achieve immortality. sadly, basquiat (born #otd in 1960) unravelled in 1988, victim of his heroin addiction, barely 10 years into a career that fused social commentary with bold, colourful neoexpressionism. he left an indelible stamp that undoubtedly teased the talent from banksy & shepard fairey. imperfect, but important.

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