Basquiat was born 12-22-1960

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, 22 Dec 2010
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We almost forgot to mention this, but today Jean-Michel Basquiat would have been 50, being born on December 22, 1960. Of course we all know he died of the young age of 27 of a heroin overdose, but his legendary and influential fine art and work on the streets under the moniker "SAMO" has been well-documented and preserved.

With writing his own graffiti epitaph on the street with "SAMO is Dead" in 1979 in SoHo, to Downtown 81, to his band Gray, to Neo-Expressionism, to Gagosian, to Haring, to Warhol, to Mary Boone, to Julian Schnabel, to Radiant Child,  the legacy goes on and on . . .

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