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JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT

The American artist whose legacy was left behind following his untimely death dates back to the 1970s when hip-hop, punk and the street art sub-culture were beginning to thrive. Basquiat and his art school friend, under the pseudonym ‘SAMO,’ were the creators of enigmatic graffiti pieces on the walls of Manhattan buildings. The works later set off his artistic career with his paintings being exhibited and sold in galleries and museums worldwide. His Postmodern and Neo-Expressionist art reflects issues such as social class and intense racial discrimination in America. Jean-Michel Basquiat died at the age of 27 and before his departure in 1988, he was chosen to be on the cover of The New York Times Magazine’s ‘New Art, New Money: The Marketing of an American Artist’ issue.