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 [this was 2015 – sic] (has it really been that long?)

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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