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Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
Jean-Michel Basquiat started as a street artist painting graffiti art (using the pseudonym Samo) and then he became a very popular and successful avant-garde artist. His style was avant garde - nervous, fierce and energetic. Basquiat used painterly gestures on canvas, most often depicting skeletal figures and mask-like faces that signal his obsession with mortality, and imagery derived from his street existence, such as automobiles, buildings, police, children's sidewalk games and graffiti. He played himself in New York Beat Movie, Downtown 81, and Eat to the Beat. Basquiat became addicted to heroin, and died of an overdose.


Untitled, 1981
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
81 x 69 1/4 inches
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