Category: 1983

twixnmix: Madonna Polaroids by Richard Corman…

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Madonna Polaroids by Richard Corman, 1983.

In June 1983, 24 year old Madonna was rising on the club charts with singles Everybody and Burning Up. Photographer Richard Corman captured pre-fame Madonna at home one month before the release of her debut album. At the time she was living on East 4th Street between Avenue A and B.

Nancy Wilson photographed by Bobby Holland, …

Nancy Wilson photographed by Bobby Holland, 1983.

Jean-Michel Basquiat and Madonna while they we…

Jean-Michel Basquiat and Madonna while they were dating, circa 1983.

Photo by Maripol

Jean-Michel Basquiat photographed by Yutaka …

Jean-Michel Basquiat photographed by Yutaka Sakano in Tokyo, 1983.

twixnmix: Madonna, a former lover of Jean-Mich…

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Madonna, a former lover of Jean-Michel Basquiat tells her story

I am not sure if I met Jean-Michel in an art gallery or a night-club, but in those days you couldn’t tell the difference.

He had the presence of a movie star and I was crazy about him. He carried crumpled wads of money in the pockets of his paint-splattered Armani suits. Money he felt guilty about having. Money he always gave away to less fortunate friends.

I remember Jean-Michel’s tag – Samo- which was accompanied with a little crown and I remember thinking he was a genius. He was. But he wasn’t very comfortable with it.

I remember all the girls were in love with him and one night I looked out of his loft window and saw a girl whose heart he had broken, burning his paintings in a big bonfire. I wanted to stop her and rescue his paintings, but he didn’t seem to mind. He said it was their fate.

I remember him getting up at 3am and sleep-walking to an empty canvas. He stood inches away from it and proceeded to paint the most minuscule figures and what he did was so beautiful and intellectual and I stood watching him with dumbfounded amazement

He was one of the people I was truly envious of. But he didn’t know how good he was and was plagued with insecurities. He used to say he was jealous of me because music is more accessible and it reached more people. He loathed the idea that art was appreciated by an elite group.

When I broke up with him he demanded I give back the paintings he had given me. Not because he didn’t think I deserved them, but because he was obsessed with the idea that I would sell them.

He was so paranoid. of course, I was heart-broken but complied. Now I couldn’t buy one of his paintings if I wanted to.

When I heard that Jean-Michel had died I was not surprised. He was too fragile for this world.

I remember one summer having dinner with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel at Mr Chow’s and feeling like the luckiest girl in the world to have known him. To have known all of them. Now they’re all gone.

(Source: New Straits Times – 2 June 1996)

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Andy Warhol photographed by Alberto Schommer, 1983.

Jean-Michel Basquiat boarding a private jet …

Jean-Michel Basquiat boarding a private jet (1983)  

Basquiat holds the record for most expensive artwork by an american artist at

$110.5 Million. His love for painting was only matched by his collection of Giorgio Armani clothing which he’d often wear while painting.

twixnmix:Larry Bird and Julius Erving (Dr. J) …

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Larry Bird and Julius Erving (Dr. J) photographed by

Norman Seeff, 1983.

Diana Ross performing during the second of two…

Diana Ross performing during the second of two nights of her ‘For One and For All’ concert on Central Park’s Great Lawn in New York City on July 22, 1983.

Janet Jackson on Solid Gold (1983)  

Janet Jackson on Solid Gold (1983)