Jean-Michel Basquiat: Ten Things You Probably Didn’t Know

  1. Basquiat was fluent in French, Spanish, and English before the age of eleven;
  2. He appeared in Blondie’s video “Rapture” as a club disc jockey;
  3. He briefly dated then-aspiring performer Madonna in autumn 1982;
  4. Basquiat worked on his paintings in Armani suits and often appeared in public in these paint-splattered $1000 suits;
  5. He collaborated extensively with and was very good friends with fellow artist Andy Warhol;
  6. When he was 8, a car accident put him in the hospital with a broken arm and internal injuries and his mother gave him a copy of Grey’s Anatomy to pass the time, he diagrams of which heavily influenced his art;
  7. His career started in his teens as a graffiti artist using the moniker SAMO;
  8. Lars Ulrich of Metallica was an avid collector of Basquiat’s works, the Christies auction of one of these works was included in the documentary Some Kind of Monster;
  9. In 1986, friend and documentary filmmaker Tamra Davis sat down with Basquiat to interview him. His answers touched on his heroin abuse, his encounters with racism, and his thoughts on his art. After his death at 27 in 1988, Davis locked the footage away, concerned about preserving the unhyped truth about her friend. In 2009, at the prompting of friends and contemporaries, she compiled, edited and released the footage in her film Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child;
  10. You can enjoy this remarkable work, released only selectively throughout Canada, with your ticket to the Canadian Art Foundation Vancouver Gallery Hop on Saturday May 29th. Buy your ticket here.

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  1. Mark

    Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth dated Madonna too.

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