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Jean-Michel Basquiat



Basquiat Jean-Michel

(1960-88). U.S. painter of Haitian and Puerto Rican parentage who first started making graffiti with magic-markers on walls of buildings together with a friend, which they signed SAMO. B. also made drawings on paper, painted on T-shirts, sheet metal and other found surfaces and made assemblages out of junk. His work quickly became sought-after by influential critics, collectors and artists. By the early 1980s B.'s crayon-and-paint drawings on unprimed canvas, with grimacing African mask-like faces and graffiti messages and texts, led to his enormous success. He collaborated with Warhol. who had befriended him, in paintings and exhibitions.


Boy and Dog In A Johnnyjump, 1982




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