Basquiat Has New Old Work

8 Apr

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Surprise; Basquiat’s ex-girlfriend, Alexis Adler, has a house full of his old and unseen work. He even painted a mural on her apartment wall that’s still there. And girl bought that apartment thanks to god because it’s worth a fortune now. She seems to have good plan. Currently she is organizing the material for a book on the collection and most likely a sale to ensue. It’s pretty admirable of her to hold on to it for so long (about 30 years) and not profit from it when she could have in the height of the art market. I think she’s doing it in a very respectable way. The article is found in the link below.

I remember when I moved to LA in the early 90’s and even though I loved his work the art school discussion on him was already tired out, but I was still intrigued by the rumor going around school that his gallery dealer ____ locked Basquiat in his studio and basically fed him piles of coke until he finished the work for the show… which probably didn’t take too long. Anyway, that’s just hearsay, but juicy gossip at the time and it seemed valid because my friend ____ knew ____; where apparently he got the story from. It will be interesting to see what this early work looks like, although probably not too different because he did do that thing where he got stuck making the same painting over and over again (Rothko comes to mind) because it sold so well. I just hope it doesn’t bring a resurgence of wannabe artists painting faux-naive stick figures with faux-naive text next to them.


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