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Wass Stevens is an actor who has appeared on House of Cards and in the movie The Wrestler. In a past life, he worked the door at clubs like Marquee and Avenue. According to Page Six, who talked with him at the premiere of a movie called Club Life, Jean-Michel Basquiat would draw little pictures […]

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On April 3, the Brooklyn Museum is launching a new exhibition called Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks, the first-ever large exhibition of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s notebooks. The exhibition displays the contents of eight notebooks the late artist, used between 1980 and 1987. The black composition books are filled with Basquiat’s poetry, drawings, shopping lists and linguistic fragments […]

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When New York City’s underground art scene was thriving in the 1980s, Madonna, only 19 years old, was part of it and she dated several graffiti writers. In addition to being romantically linked to FUTURA, LA2, ZEPHYR, and maybe COST, the singer also dated Jean-Michel Basquiat. Apparently things didn’t go too well, in part because […]

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Beloved late New York artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, will have a new exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum this spring, featuring rarely seen notebooks. The museum will be displaying 160 unbound notebook pages and 30 related paintings, drawings and mixed media works, all of which come from private collections and Basquiat’s estate. The famous neo-expressionist painter first […]

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Richard Prince has to be one of the most hated populist artists of all time. His work consistently hits the sweet spot of “pretentious” — because it conceptualizes a sort of “theft” — and “mainstream” — because his subjects are very popular (Sex, Drugs, Rock ‘n’ Roll). His work is about Cigarettes, Cowboys, Motorcycles, Hot Chicks, […]

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Christie’s latest Jean-Michel Basquiat online auction has been stopped and officially “postponed” after two of the late artist’s sisters filed a $1 million lawsuit claiming that the collection of his ex-roommate/lover Alexis Adler could include fakes. We first interviewed Adler a year ago, in her now-remodeled former squat of an apartment that she shared with Basquiat in […]

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By the tender age of 20, NYC art scene up-and-comer Jean-Michel Basquiat was well aware that it’s who you know — not silly things like experience, education, or fancy resume templates — that counts. With references like Andy Warhol, Blondie,  Tennessee Williams and Dick Tracy (huh?), we can only imagine young SAMO’s amusement as he […]

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Emerging mixed-media artist Jeremiah Johnson (not this one) will present his solo exhibit Never Enough in Chelsea this month, making his NYC debut. He was raised on a fruit and flower farm (awwww) in a region of Pennsylvania that has recently fallen victim to the Fracking Industry, something that has deeply influenced his art. Johnson […]

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In a new ad for D’Ussé luxury brand cognac, Jay-Z lounges in presumably-his pad, puffing on a cigar in a snazzy housecoat, granting us the presence of the back of his easily-recognizable Hov head. As he’s guzzling at these symbols of wealth, in the corner, there’s Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled (1983). As he’s bragged in Ain’t […]

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According to a blurb in an online newsletter by a firm that sells the rights to dead (and living) artist’s work, cool-guy streetwear brand Supreme is planing to release a line of Basquiat apparel. Artestar, an “international brand licensing and consulting company” that counts the Basquiat estate among its clients, reports that: “Urban clothing brand […]

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