Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)

[Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) – photographed by Allen Ginsberg, December 20, 1987 – c. The Estate of Allen Ginsberg]

Jean-Michel Basquait died on this day, twenty-seven years ago today (has it really been that long?)  [– thirty years ago now! – wow! – 2018!]

Recently up (2015) at Brooklyn Museum a selection from Basquiat’s Notebooks 

Don’t miss on Hyperallergic – Megan Liberty – “An Intimate Reading of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s poetry“.

Here‘s the ever-perceptive Luc Sante on Basquiat’s Notebooks – in the New York Times 

Rene Ricard‘s groundbreaking December 1981 article (on Basquait and Keith Haring) in ArtforumThe Radiant Child can be found here

“Five Fish Species”, Basquait’s hommage to his hero, William S Burroughs came up for auction at Sotherby’s a couple of years ago, and can be seen in reproduction here:


[Jean-Michel Basquiat, Willam Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg – Photos by Victor Bockris]


2018 addenda – respect for and interest in Basquiat continues to grow unabated – Check out this trailer for Sara Driver’s  Boom For Real – The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat

More on that movie (an interview with Sara Driver)  – here


  1. And here I am reading my poem, Jean-Michel Basquiat, celebrating the achievement of this great artist, at the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate his studio. My reading starts at the 16:00 minute mark, but the whole vid is filled with potent oratory and poetry:

  2. Anonymous. …… This man’s artwork just sold for 110.5 Million dollars at Sotheby’s auction. So the only unknown loser here is you

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