Jean Michel Basquiat, The Radiant Child
Jean Michel Basquiat, the children who “wanted to be a star, not a gallery mascot”. The « radiant child » on one side -the art one!-, and the dark side he was trying to escape from with drugs.
Jean Michel Basquiat died at 27 years old with heroin. Dustheads 1982, his record at auction ($25–35 million estimate, sold at $48.8 million at Christie’s NY), depicts two figures stoned on the drug PCP.
Today, afer a long serial of auction records such as: Icon 6, 1982 sold $2,201,452; Untitled (Head), 1982 sold, $3,749,000; Anatomy: Anterior View, 1982 Sold, $16,250…
In the overall, Jean Michel Basquiat is today on the top of the total sales achieved for a contemporary artist.
I had some money, I made the best paintings ever. I was completely reclusive, worked a lot, took a lot f drugs. I was awful with people.” … “I don’t think about art when I’m working, I try to think about life.” … “I know one day I’ll turn the corner and I won’t be ready for it.