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110,213. Finally dying of a heroin overdose in 1988 aged only 27. People think [Jean-Michel] Basquiat is either only superficial or amazingly soulful … Basquiat’s colour is very strong and incredibly subtly orchestrated. (Art & Artists: Basquiat) Matthew Collings, What is Modern Art? III: Lovely Lovely, Channel 4 1999
110,227. A painting by late graffiti artist-turned-expressionist painter, Jean-Michel Basquiat, has become the most expensive at auction of any US artist, fetching $110.5m (£85m) in New York.
Untitled, a 1982 work in oil stick, acrylic and spray paint, depicting a powerful crazed face shaped as a skull, also broke the salesroom record for a black artist, and is the first created since 1980 to top the $100m mark.
It places the Brooklyn-born Basquiat, who died in 1988 of a heroin overdose aged 27, as one of the most coveted artists in the world alongside Francis Bacon, Pablo Picasso, and the young American’s friend and mentor, Andy Warhol. The Guardian online 19 May 2017, ‘Jean-Michel Basquiat breaks US art record with £85 million sale’
111,732. ‘This work that’s just screaming revolutionary intentions.’ Basquiat: Rage to Riches, BBC 2017
111,733. ‘Unbelievable talent and unbelievable charisma.’ ibid.
111,734. ‘New York City from the mid-70s up to the early 80s was a creative paradise.’ ibid.
111,735. Untitled (Car Crash) 1980; The Ruffians 1982; Untitled (Man With Hat) 1982; Pork 1981; Irony of Negro Policeman 1981; Bird on Money 1981; Museum Security 1983; Self Portrait 1982; Per Capita 1982; Mona Lisa 1983; Obnoxious Liberals 1982; Black Tar & Feathers 1982; LA Painting 1982; Trumpet 1984. ibid.
111,736. ‘The first painting that he sold was to Debbie Harry for $200.’ ibid. ex-girlfriend
111,737. ‘Then he really got into drugs.’ ibid.
118,965. Everybody wants to get on the Van Gogh boat. There’s no trip so horrible that someone won’t take it … We must credit the life of Vincent van Gogh for really sending this myth into orbit. (Artists: Basquiat & Biography) Basquiat 1996 starring Jeffrey Wright & David Bowie & Benicio del Toro & Dennis Hopper & Gary Oldman & Michael Wincott & Courtney Love & Claire Forlani & Tatum O’Neal & Christopher Walken & Willem Dafoe & Parker Posey & Sam Rockwell et al, director Julian Schnabel, opening commentary
118,966. One is at the mercy of the recognition factor. (Artists: Basquiat & Biography) ibid.
118,967. It’s about integrity. (Artists: Basquiat & Biography) ibid. friend to Basquiat
118,968. There’s never been a black painter in art history who’s been considered really important. (Artists: Basquiat & Biography) ibid. dude
118,969. The real voice of the gutter. (Artists: Basquiat & Biography) ibid. patron
118,970. I can’t even see what’s good any more. (Artists: Basquiat & Biography) ibid. Warhol
118,971. Jean Michel Basquiat, American painter, died on August 12th 1988 of a heroin overdose. He was 27 years old. (Artists: Basquiat & Biography) ibid. caption
126,811. I want to be a rock star, not a gallery mascot. (Arts & Artists: Basquiat) Jean-Michel Basquiat, cited Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World, Netflix 2017, news headline