Basquiat was born 12-22-1960Juxtapoz // Wednesday, 22 Dec 2010
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 . . .