For the first time in more than eight years, a vast collection of paintings by the late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) is on view at Gagosian Gallery in Chelsea. The last time a show of this caliber was mounted for the artist was in 2005.
That same year, shortly after Basquiat’s work was exhibited in the Whitney Biennial—as official an art world coming of age as one gets—he appeared at my door via the cover of the New York Times Magazine, looking as elite as one could in a three-piece suit and bare feet. I was smitten.
|In Italian, 1983|
By 1988, the art boom was instantly over, and Basquiat—by that point emotionally sick and alienated from his meteoric rise in popularity and physically sick from his excessive drug use—was dead at 27.
|La Hara, 1981|
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