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“27 Club” – Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat
Born December 22, 1960 – Died August 12, 1988
American Artist

“27 Club” – Basquiat and Andy Warhol

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In 1980, Basquiat starred in O’Brien’s independent film Downtown 81, originally titled New York Beat. That same year, Basquiat met Andy Warhol at a restaurant. Basquiat presented to Warhol samples of his work, and Warhol was stunned by Basquiat’s “mystique and allure.”

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The two artists later collaborated. Downtown 81featured some of Gray’s recordings on its soundtrack.

“27 Club” – Jean-Michel Basquiat – Note

By 1986, Basquiat was a successful artist in this period, but his growing heroin addiction began to interfere with his personal relationships.

Despite an attempt at sobriety during a trip to Maui, Hawaii, he died on August 12, 1988, of a heroin overdose at his art studio on Great Jones Street in Manhattan’s NoHo neighborhood.

He was 27 years old.

“27 Club” – Jean-Michel Basquiat – “Untitled”

On May 18, 2017, at a Sotheby’s auction, Basquiat’s 1982 painting, also “Untitled” (created with oil stick and spray paint and depicting a skull), set a new record high for any U.S. artist at auction.

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