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In the 1980s 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 wasinstinctual 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 audiences 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-Michel 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-Michels life was filled with the gods of monsters of the neo-primitive art movement it all seemed so glamourous he would model for Armani clothes create famous art works with Andy Warhol dance at studio 54 and sleep with Keith Harring and Maddona But this is where the illusion ends Basquiats life was constant turmoil He was perpetually in a drug induced haze being addicted to more drugs than person could possibly invision At a time he had a live in errand boy who would do nothing more than hook-up Basquiat with his drug-de jour His habit eventually and inevitably lead to his untimely death at the age of 28 While alive Jean-Michel was incredibly licentious a bisexual artistmodelmusician with a taste for every form of carnal
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