psi have yet to see a basquiat irl. i do have several books about him and oeuvre. but from what i have seen/felt, he will be there at the top of my list as an enigmatic artist who could have been.
in death like monroe or dean, his star shone brightly. and there is a strong undercurrent now that we will see him shine brighter in the next few years. the price of a basquiat is ascending rather fast. machination behind the scene perhaps? regardless, it deserves the brighter spotlight.
yes, the rawness and grit of his works grabs you by the collar. he is a quintessential storyteller in my books. but he was ready to give us more based on his last few works. the most telling was 'riding with death' (1988).
Ps (June 2017) It might as well time to blog and chatter away in the ether. What better than revisiting Basquiat. Yes, so he is the 110M dollar man of the hour. Found more interesting write up here > https://www.artsy.net/artist/jean-michel-basquiat . Good read!