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Electric Presence: The Magnetic Aura of Jean-Michel Basquiat

“Basquiat and I became very good friends and he continually amazed me. To watch him draw was a revelation. His line and his concept came from beyond. He was a star. I knew he was great—he was electric. A tesla coil with dreadlocks—cool fire emanating wherever he went. Magic.”

– Glenn O’Brien, “Basquiat: The Show Must Go On”, 2013

Learn more about Jean-Michel’s early years in the Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure© Exhibition catalog.

Photo: Gianfranco Gorgoni - Jean-Michel’s Crosby Street studio, 1982
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