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Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960 - 1988)

Basquiat was a fascinating and complex artist who is now regarded as a major painter of the 1980s. His work – and life -- continue to inspire artists and viewers around the world. He has achieved a cult status among the young, with his impish grace, disregard for “bourgeois values” and the intensity of his work. Unfortunately, as with any cult figure come many myths about the man, his life and his art.

This site is based on a critical respect for Basquiat’s work, and the recognized need for accurate information on the artist on the web.

In this site you will find:


This site is also used to back up and supplement the book Jean-Michel Basquiat: A Biography (published Greenwood Press, 2010). The book is a based around a chronological account of Basquiat's life, but seeks to give a flavor of his times, and focuses on the themes of his art and individual artworks. It is written in a straightforward style suitable for young people and those learning about the artist for the first time, but anyone seeking greater appreciation of the artist, his times and his work will find it of great interest.

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Latest News:

"Basquiat: The Radiant Child," film and discussion, SF MoCADA, May 15 (posed April 17)

Updates to Basquiat Auction Page (posted April 8th, 2014)

Basquiat panel at Outsider Art Fair, May 10th

Christie's postpones auction of Adler's Basquiat collection, after two works already sold (posted 3/10/13)

Basquiat Estate sues Christie's, claiming fakes in Adler collection (posted 3/3/14)

Christie's Video teaser: Basquiat works from the collection of Alexis Adler (posted 2/27/14)

Alexis Adler collection of 1979-80 Basquiat works on auction and public view in March (posted 2/16/13)

Updates to Basquiat Auction page (results from London February sales, and new auction of early work in March 2014)

Benefit for Arleen Schloss (posted 2/4/14)

The City as Canvas, exhibition of early New York City graffiti (runs from 2/4/14 to 8/24/14) 

Rene Ricard (1946-2014)

Basquiat drawings to go on view in New York in May (posted 2/3/14)

Five Basquiat works on preview in London before February auctions (2/1/14)

Paige Powell's intimate photos of Basquiat on view Jan-Feb. (1/12/14)

Kenny Scharf on himself, Haring, and Basquiat (12/10/13)

Interpretation and Yellow Tar and Feathers (11/29/13)

Basquiat's Beat Bop record at 30: A New Oral History (11/25/13)

Auction Roundup (and Jay Z buys Basquiat's Mecca) (11/14/13)

Initial results from Nov. Basquiat auctions (posted 11/12/13).

Basquiat family suing IRS over estate (posted 11/12/13).

Warhol / Basquiat exhibition in Vienna, till Feb. 2014 (posted 11/5/13).

Area: 1983-1987 (Posted 11/5/13).

Twenty - Five Basquiat works on pre-auction view in New York this November.
Updates to Basquiat Auction page (October results, and works on view November 2013).

New Basquiat/Warhol page to document their collaboration (posted 11/2013).

Basquiat and Warhol's Cops (posted 9/30/2013).

Calligraffiti Speaks, NYC, Thursday, September 26th.

Updates to Basquiat Exhibitions (Basquiat in several group shows).

Correction to story on Basquiat, Alexis Adler, and Felice Rosser.

Jean-Michel Basquiat: Paintings and Drawings, new exhibition at Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich, June 3 to September 13, 2013.

New Basquiat exhibition at Gagosian Hong Kong: May 21 - August 10th 

Christie's Basquiat Videos (5/8/13)

Total of 57 Basquiat's on view in New York this May (5/3/13)

"Man Made: Jean-Michel Basquiat" exhibition at Sotheby's NYC will show 31 works May 2nd till June 9th, 2013.

Previously unknown collection of Basquiat works from 1979 to be unveiled (4/3/13)

Basquiat exhibition at Gagosian, New York, now showing over 60 of his paintings till April 6th (2/8/13)

The Art Market vs Art? (2/6/13)

Romare Bearden at ACA Galleries extended till February 22, 2013

And here's to you, Jackie Robinson... (born January 31st, 1919)

R.I.P. Butch Morris (February 10, 1947 - January 29, 2013)

Basquiat show coming to Gagosian gallery in Chelsea, New York in February! (1/2013)

Basquiat's on view in St. Louis and London before February Auctions.  

The Bowery and Times Square, Revisited -- last chance for 2 interesting NYC shows (December, 2012)

Basquiat's Untitled (Fisherman) sells for over $26 million (November 15, 2012)

Basquiat's on view this November, NYC (November 1, 2012)

LA's Eduardo Soriano Castillo: "Art is Not a Crime" (November 1, 2012)

Notes from the 10/18 NYC Basquiat Panel: Part 1: Al Diaz (November 1, 2012)

Happy Halloween (October 31, 2012)

I'll be speaking at Basquiat Panel, NYC on October 18th (2012)

A-Rod vs Pegasus (September 2012)

Basquiat painting on auction in November may set yet another record (September 2012)

The Times Square Show Revisited - Sept 14 - Dec. 8th, 2012

Basquiat's first published illustration uncovered? (September 2012)

Keith Haring et al. (September 2012)

Basquiat works on view in Avignon, France, group show till November 11, 2012

Two Basquiat works reach new records of exchange value (June 27 & 28, 2012)

More Mudd Club nostalgia / Last Chance to see Keith Haring's early work in Brooklyn (till July 8th, 2012) 

Basquiat's Warrior caught in London, and another record in commodification due tonight (June 27, 2012)

Last chance to see five Basquiat works on view in London, before auction (June 26, 2012)

Sotheby's vs Teamsters dispute settled. / Updates to the Basquiat auction page (June, 2012)

Exhibition of Basquiat/Clemente/Warhol collaborations in Bonn, 10 Feb to 20 May 2012.

Hidden Basquiat Invisible Ink Signature discovered under UV light /
Sotheby's still bad for art
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Inventor of the cut-up Brion Gysin (His Birthday, January 19th)

Basquiat Authentification Committee to Disband (January, 2011)

Happy Holidays / Basquiat's Birthday (December, 2011)

A Group Visit to Basquiat's Brooklyn Grave (November, 2011)

"Club 57 and Friends" show to close October 9th 

Six Basquiat works on free preview in London, October 2011

The Devil on the Door ? (September, 2011)

Miles Davis Quintet

Basquiat and Hip-Hop, Again

Romare Bearden Centennial

Warhol and Basquiat opening, Denmark, August 31, 2011

R.I.P. Cy Twombly (1928-2011)

Art In the Streets show dropped by Brooklyn Museum -- and call to action (June 22, 2011)

Basquiat work in Raleigh & coming to DC in "30 Americans" show of recent African-American art

Rene Ricard's painted poems on view at Chelsea Gallery (May 13th-June 25th)

Glenn O'Brien in GQ on Basquiat's Gray

Basquiat unknown 1981 Notebook Pages on exhibit at AS IF gallery (May 7-28)

Maripol photos exhibited at Clic gallery, downtown Manhattan (May 17-June 19)

Eroica I and ten other Basquiat works on view in New York before Spring Auctions (May, 2011)

"Art in the Streets" at MOCA, LA, April 17 - August 8, 2011

Bearden, Haring, and Sugar Ray Robinson (May 2, 2011)

Magnificent Basquiat Retrospective closes on January 30th.

Author appearances for January 2011.