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05.28.15 Liam Mathews

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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04.03.15 Liam Mathews

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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03.10.14 Marina Galperina

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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01.22.14 Marina Galperina

Also, penis. Because isn’t it refreshing when a female ex-partner is being a predatory fame-seeker and has herself a gallery show comprised entirely out of her mediocre photographs of former lover and famous dead artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, hanging out all nude on her mattress, his junk flapping around in an air of casual intimacy and […]

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11.20.13 Marina Galperina

The anonymous buyer who took home Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Mecca at the Sotheby’s auction in Manhattan last week was Jay Z, reports the Post. And because it was the Post that reports it, Mecca is “quirky” and “Jay Z has had a love affair with the late graffiti artist and fellow Brooklyn native for several years.” This must have been a most fulfilling purchase […]

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11.12.13 Marina Galperina

Aby Rosen has just opened up a combination Art Gallery and Real Estate Office at 530 Park Avenue. The mogul with an “aesthetic approach towards real estate” is selling apartments at $2.3 million-$10 million… But wait, there’s more! You can also purchase some major art works like Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Hoax or George Condo’s Girl With Night Gown right from the […]

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11.11.13 Kyle Petreycik

The Internal Revenue Service has collected a total of $8.5 million in taxes from the estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat following the death of his mother. Since then, the late artist’s father and sisters began taking legal action against the IRS, suing them for their alleged error in overvaluing the prices of Basquiat’s art by $66 million. There has been legal trouble […]

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03.28.13 Marina Galperina

“We lived together. I wouldn’t really call him my boyfriend. We did have relations but I don’t think that time was about girlfriends and boyfriends. We had multiple girlfriends and boyfriends. Sorry!” Alexis Adler is laughing. Yesterday, ArtInfo reported that Jean-Michel Basquiat’s “ex-girlfriend” had been hiding a trove of previously-unseen artifacts for thirty years in the apartment […]

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09.28.12 Irina Dvalidze

Basquiat is experiencing a spike in posthumous popularity this week, but unlike the controversy surrounding Yale University’s SAMO notebook, a new mural that has recently emerged in the heart of Brooklyn is less imitation and more tribute. Located across the street from Basquiat’s final resting place at the Greenwood Cemetery, this newest Basquiat mural was created by two Brooklyn […]

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09.27.12 Matt Harvey

If you want a well-guarded, white-gloved peek at what’s billed as Jean-Michel Basquiat’s earliest known work, the “SAMO© high-school notebook,” you can find it in Yale University’s Beinecke Library, a gleaming modernist temple to rare books and manuscripts, which holds, among other priceless treasures, two volumes of an original Gutenberg bible. Gently flip through the […]

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