Jean-Michel Basquiat wasn’t just interested in history—he wanted to breed with, butcher, and avenge it. Engaged in a ritualistic act of historical restitution, he crossed the black diaspora with pop culture, religion, and drugs.
Jerry Saltz, “To Hell and Back,” The Village Voice (April 12, 2005)
In third grade, Jean-Michel Basquiat sent a drawing of a gun to J. Edgar Hoover. He received no reply.
Phoebe Hoban, “Samo is Dead: The Fall of Jean Michel Basquiat,” New York Magazine (September 26, 1988)
Say what you will about group shows and collaborative enterprise: Das Kapital was written by one man. This is no graffito, this is no train, this is a Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Rene Ricard, “The Radiant Child,” Artforum (December 1981)