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05.11.12 Marina Galperina

Last night at Phillips de Pury & Company, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled 1981 sold for $16.3 million with premium, outselling Willem de Kooning and Andy Warhol. At the time of conception, a work like this would have sold for measly tens of thousands. Allegedly, private non-auction sales are wield price tags much greater than last night’s. Flash to 2000, when surprised critics […]

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03.30.12 Marina Galperina

MTV is going old school with “Art Breaks,” broadcast TV spots once featuring downtown artists Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Commissioned in partnership with MoMA PS1 and Creative Time, it’s bringing back 1985, as a ploy for viewers born way since 1985. Bring it! Meet the new class of emerging artists: This is Rashaad Newsome. Art Breaks are on Tumblr. Ah, […]

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06.29.11 Marina Galperina

Tuesday afternoon, Artnet’s “Urban Scrawl: Graffiti and Street Art” week-long online auction ended, having attracted twice the traffic of its predecessors. Among the hot-ticket items and highlights: the staple bunch of Banksys and Harings, FUTURA’s Untitled for $17,250, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Cabeza for $19,550 and COPE2’s recently “appropriated” subway sign Church Av Station to Flatbush Av […]

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05.03.11 Marina Galperina

“Didn’t they call graffiti artists writers?” asks musician Arto Lindsay. Back when Gray opened for DNA, Basquiat left a stack of torn-out notebook pages in his apartment. So, here they are: never-before-exhibited scribbles and poems. […]

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12.14.10 Marina Galperina

Phillips de Pury’s upcoming Dec. 17 auction highlights are chock-full of ’80s goodness: big boomboxes, art boobs, Basquiat, T-KID, Ghost, and Cope2 tags on NYC subway maps, Keith Haring matryoshkas, Natasha Kinksi in her prime, a cool kid (note: not a yuppie) from Robert Longo, Kenny Scharf’s sardined color blobs (like the mural) and a […]

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08.10.10 Marina Galperina

Amber wood, mostly. Also: vanilla, lemon, nutmeg, patchouly and bullshit. Seriously, when it comes to postmortem merchandising, let’s draw the line at “hot” kicks! The pretty, waxy travesty (and a couple of Keith Haring candles) are available from collete, the hip French retailer of toy Shepard Faireys – naturally. […]

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06.23.10 Marina Galperina

There’s a Graffiti and Street Art Camp in Miami this summer. Pay $300 and your five-to-nine-year-olds will spend a week going on mural-sighting field trips and learning about Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, color theory, composition and running really fast when you get caught doing said graffiti. Just kidding. But only about that last […]

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03.22.10 Marina Galperina

There’s a Reebok Spring/Summer 2010 Basquiat shoe and t-shirt collection in minimalist white, unlike previous Basquiat Reebok tributes (there were more than one). Being less tacky makes it seemingly less creepy. […]

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03.01.10 Marina Galperina

Here’s a trailer for the new Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child doc that premiered at Sundance and will probably hit Film Forum this year. The film highlights heroin abuse, touches on racial exploitation and centers around intimate 1986 footage of Jean-Michel Basquiat, friend/designer Becky Johnson and friend/doc-director/Mike D’s wife Tamra Davis. […]

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