Basquiat graces us with his posthumous presence

Written by Sara Black

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Take a virtual stroll through New York’s East Village to the Brant Foundation Art Study Center.

Born 1960s New York, Jean-Michel Basquiat was an American artist of Haitian and Puerto Rican descent. After a devastating accident with a vehicle, a mental institution commissioned-parent and a period of homelessness, his early twenties saw a miraculous turnaround in luck with his neo-expressionist paintings adorning gallery walls worldwide. And fetching up to US$25,000 for a single artwork.

His subject matter? With a dichotomous take on society, Basquiat tackled wealth vs poverty, integration vs segregation and inner vs outer experience.

Sadly, Basquiat died from a drug overdose in his 27th year (like many a celeb) but, in better news, you can explore four virtual floors to view many of his most iconic pieces and, in slightly less better news, you don’t have to walk up any stairs.

Highlights include Grillo and Price of Gasoline in the Third World. Explore the online show of mentally stimulating stuff and then, if you haven’t already, watch the 1996 Julian Schnabel-directed film on Basquiat’s life: here.

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Untitled (Pollo Frito) (detail), 1982 by Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Victor 25448, 1987 by Jean-Michel Basquiat.

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