jean michel basquiat

John-Michel Basquiat: 1960-1988.His words like his work are subversive and he always went for the jugular. Its all mixed up but you get the meaning.


Q: How long does it take to get famous

JMB: 4 yeas – 6 to get rich. First you have to dress right then hang out with famous people – right? Make friends with the right BLOND people y’know. Go to the right parties you know – socialite. Then you got to do your work all the time as youre doing that. I’m talking about the same kinda of work, the same style so people can recognise you and don’t get confused. Then once you’re famous – airborne – you got to keep doing it in the same way even after its boring unless you want people to get mad at you which they will anyway. You know famous people are usually to fucking stupid – you are too smart!

Resentment begins – you get a little attention then you get all uppity.

Q: Upitty nigger you mean?

JMB: Everyone wants a piece of the action – a piece of the "gutter" – commodification of blackness – of the gutter.

What is it about art anyway that we give it so much importance?    Stitting at a "white" dinner surrounded by "maullers" indulging in Blackness like swarming youerus fucking assholes –

We are no longer collecting art – we’re buying people arent we? they don’t like that

Q  Can you decifer this for us – where do you take your words from

JMB: Bloody stupid question – everything must be subject to scientific analysis. This is the white way.

Q: Are you some sort of primal expressionist?

JMB: A primmate? – an ape?

Q: Do you consider yourself a painter or a black painter?

JMB: I use a lot of colours not just black

Q: How do you respond to being the picanny of the art world?

JMB: No no he said I was the Eddie Murphy of the art world – push the button and he will expload.

Q: Are you angry?

JMB: When will I meet the woman of my dreams – share my feelings, loves hates understandings?


Drug overdose: 12/8/88