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Basquiat, Jean-Michellocked

(22 December 1960–12 August 1988)
  • N. Elizabeth Schlatter

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Basquiat, Jean-Michel (22 December 1960–12 August 1988), painter, was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Gerard Basquiat, an accountant originally of Haiti, and Matilde Andradas Basquiat, of Puerto Rican descent. A precocious draftsman from childhood, Basquiat received little formal artistic training. The last school he attended was the experimental City-as-School program in Manhattan, where he befriended fellow artist Al Diaz....

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