Category: 1960-1988

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1982)

Jean-Michel Basquiat Polaroids by Andy Warhol,1982.

Jean-Michel Basquiat on the Set of “Downtown 81” 

(Photos by Edo Bertoglio)


Nu à la corde

Jean-Michel Basquiat photographed by Louis Jammes in Paris, 1988.

Happy Birthday Jean-Michel Basquiat!

(December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988)

“I never went to an art school. I failed the art courses that I did take in school. I just looked at a lot of things. And that’s how I learnt about art, by looking at it.    ”

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat photographed by James Van Der Zee, 1982.

Harlem Renaissance photographer James Van Der Zee (June 29, 1886 – May 15, 1983) was 96 years old when he took these photos of 21-year-old Jean-Michel Basquiat (December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988). This photo session was for an interview with Henry Gelzahler for Interview magazine.


Jean-Michel Basquiat photographed by Brad Branson, 1984.

Jean-Michel Basquiat photographed by Richard Corman, 1984.

Jean-Michel Basquiat creating masterpieces in 1982.

Jean-Michel Basquiat and his band Gray photographed by

Marina D, 1981.

Gray is an experimental noise band formed in 1979 by Jean-Michel Basquiat and

Michael Holman.

Besides Basquiat and Holman, other members of the original group were Nick Taylor, Justin Thyme and Vincent Gallo. Basquiat named the band after Gray’s Anatomy, an important reference source for his paintings.  They performed at the Mudd Club, CBGB’s, and Hurrah’s in New York City. After Basquiat’s passing in 1988, Gray reunited and performed at Basquiat’s Memorial. Gray’s music can be heard on film soundtracks, such as: Basquiat, The Radiant Child, Downtown 81,Blank City and Downtown Calling. In 2011, original members Nick Taylor and Holman

Michael Holman and Nick released the first Gray album, ”Shades of…”