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In 1982 at the age of just 22 years old, Jean-Michel Basquiat would produce this painting. A powerful and dazzling image that mixes text, colour, symbolism and mark-making in a raw and uncensored explosion.
In a single painting, he would use his instinctive power of visual language to say everything he wanted to say. About America – about art – and about being black in both worlds.
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Jean-Michel Basquiat and Madonna ©Glenn O’Brien
Andy Warhol images © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Debbie Harry, and William S. Burroughs in December 1986. ©Victor Bockris
Images of Basquiat ©Roland Hagenberg
Basquiat in the apartment, 1981. ©Alexis Adler.
Andy Warhol and Jean Michael Basquiat photographed in New York, 10 July 1985. Image: © MICHAEL HALSBAND/Landov
Jean-Michel Basquiat wearing Giorgio Armani, seating in front of his work. Photograph: Lizzie Himmel/AP/Brooklyn Museum
Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, September 1985. Photograph: ©Richard Drew/AP
Basquiat and Warhol © LIZZIE HIMMEL
Basquiat inside New York City’s Vrej Baghoomian Gallery in 1988 ©Mark Sink
Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1987, in his New York studio © Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc.
Portrait of Jean-Michel Basquiat in St. Moritz © Lee Jaffe/Getty Images.
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© The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ ADAGP, Paris. Licensed by Artestar, New York.
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