Basquiat Essays and Papers

This essay has a total of 486 words and 3 pages.


In the 1980's art punk movement, the only thing the market liked better than a hot young
artist was a dead hot young artist, and it got one in Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose working
life of about nine years was truncated by a heroin overdose at the age of twenty-seven.
His career, both actual and posthumous, appealed to a cluster of toxic vulgarities. The
artist was"instinctual," someone outside "mainstream" culture and therefore not to be
rated in its terms: a wild pet for the recently cultivated collector. Jean Michell
Basquiat was indeed a great artist, however he was not meant to be a celebrity. Basquiat,
gave the art world what they most desired, he filled a fetish about the freshness of
youth, blooming among the discos of the East Side scene. Basquiat also fueled the
audience's goggling appetite for self-destructive talent. This essay intends to prove that
Basquiat did not deserve his celebrity status, through analysis of his drug addictions,
his reckless lifestyle and his primitive art.

Jean-Mich el Basquiat lead an incredibly wild life. After his escape from suburbia into
the feverish and frantic world of Soho, New York he primarily associated with the most
renowned artists and celebrities. Jean-Michel's life was filled with the gods of monsters
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