After that, his paintings exploded with popularity and he rose to the top of the art world. He was soon collaborating with the famous Andy Warhol, who he became extremely close with.
Basquiat always had an obsession with fame and stardom. His inspiration spurred from many musical artists, such as Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. But, unfortunately, he followed their rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle.Basquiat died of a heroin overdose in 1988 at the age of 27, shortly after his beloved friend Warhol died in the hospital after gallbladder surgery.
Basquiat was not only famous for his extreme talent, but also for being one of the first breakout black artists. He pushed racial boundaries in the art world and is remembered for his perseverance and great work.
In 1996, Miramax Films released the independent film “Basquiat,” directed by Julian Schnabel. The film commemorates and explores Basquiat’s life and accomplishments. I highly recommend it for those interested! Watch the trailer.
For more information on Jean-Michel Basquiat, check out www.basquiat.com.
Happy Black History Month!