Jean-Michel Basquiat
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Jean-Michel Basquiat

Artist
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Born Dec 22, 1960
Hometown Brooklyn
Died Aug 12, 1988
Death Place SoHo

Jean-Michel Basquiat was an American artist. He began as an obscure graffiti artist in New York City in the late 1970s and evolved into an acclaimed Neo-expressionist and Primitivist painter by the 1980s. Throughout his career Basquiat focused on "suggestive dichotomies," such as wealth versus poverty, integration versus segregation, and inner versus outer experience.… Read More

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    Dated 1981 - 1985
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CHILDHOOD

1960 Birth Born on December 22, 1960.
1964 3 Years Old He had two younger sisters: Lisane, born in 1964, and Jeanine, born in 1967. … Read More
1968 7 Years Old In September 1968, when Basquiat was about 8, he was hit by a car while playing in the street. … Read More

TEENAGE

1976 15 Years Old In 1976, Basquiat and friend Al Diaz began spray painting graffiti on buildings in Lower Manhattan, working under the pseudonym SAMO. … Read More
1978 17 Years Old In 1978, Basquiat worked for the Unique Clothing Warehouse, in their art department, at 718 Broadway in NoHo and at night he became "SAMO" painting his original graffiti art on neighborhood buildings. … Read More
When Basquiat and Diaz ended their friendship, The SAMO project ended with the epitaph "SAMO IS DEAD," inscribed on the walls of SoHo buildings in 1979.
1980 19 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1980, Basquiat starred in O'Brien's independent film Downtown 81, originally titled New York Beat. … Read More

TWENTIES

In September of the same year, Basquiat joined the Annina Nosei gallery and worked in a basement below the gallery toward his first one-man show, which took place in March 1981 with great success.
1982 21 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 1982 he worked in Modena, Italy and from November, Basquiat worked from the ground-floor display and studio space Larry Gagosian had built below his Venice, California home and commenced a series of paintings for a 1983 show, his second at Gagosian Gallery, then in West Hollywood. … Read More
In 1983, Basquiat produced a 12" rap single featuring hip-hop artists Rammellzee and K-Rob. … Read More
1985 24 Years Old …  On February 10, 1985, he appeared on the cover of The New York Times Magazine in a feature titled "New Art, New Money: The Marketing of an American Artist". … Read More
1987 26 Years Old When Andy Warhol died on February 22, 1987, Basquiat became increasingly isolated, and his heroin addiction and depression grew more severe.
1988 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Basquiat was interred in Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery, where Jeffrey Deitch made a speech at the graveside. Among those speaking at Basquiat’s memorial held at Saint Peter's Church on November 3, 1988, were Ingrid Sischy who, as the editor of Artforum in the 1980s, got to know the artist well and commissioned a number of articles that introduced his work to the wider world.; Suzanne Mallouk recited sections of A. R. Penck's Poem for Basquiat and Fab 5 Freddy read a poem by Langston Hughes. … Read More
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