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Beyond Price Tags: Basquiat's 1978 Quote About Status Symbols

"This city is crawling with uptight, middle-class pseudos trying to look like the money they don’t have. Status symbols. It cracks me up. It’s like they’re walking around with price tags stapled to their heads. People should live more spiritually, man.”

– Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1978

Learn more about Jean-Michel's work and worldview from the people who knew him best in the Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure© Exhibition catalog.

Photo: Nicholas Taylor, 1979

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