Basquiat and Blake

[Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)]

[William Blake (1757-1827)]

August 12th – We remember two unlikely-to-be-yoked-together heroes. Jean-Michel Basquiat and William Blake, both of whom died on this day,

From the account of Blake’s death by his contemporary, George Richmond (to fellow Blake acolyte, Samuel Palmer) – “He died on Sunday night at 6 o’clock in a most glorious manner. He said He was going to the Country he had all His life wished to see & expressed Himself Happy, hoping for Salvation through Jesus Christ – Just before he died, His Countenance became fair, His eyes Brighten’d and He burst … Read More

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?)  Currently up at Brooklyn Museum a selection from Basquiat’s Notebooks  From this past June 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 Artforum – “The Radiant Child“ can … Read More

Rene Ricard (1946-2014)


[Rene Ricard (1946-2014) – Photograph by Allen Ginsberg c.Estate of Allen Ginsberg  – courtesy Raymond Foye]

We received news yesterday of the death, at 67, of the larger-than-life, irreplaceable, Rene Ricard, poet, painter, art critic, scene-maker, ex-Andy Warhol super-star, subject of one of Allen’s most penetrating portraits (see above). The cause of death has been reported as cancer. As his friend, painter, Brice Marden, declared, speaking to the New York Observer, “Ricard was experiencing difficulty walking and went into the hospital about a week ago for a hip replacement – “When he went in they … Read More