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Jean Michel Basquiat

September 24, 2012 | Nita Lelyveld, Los Angeles Times
Four straight rows of four palm trees each stand on the northeast corner of 2nd and Spring streets downtown - a block from Los Angeles City Hall, right alongside LAPD headquarters. They're directly across from the newsroom. I stare out at them from my desk. Lately they have come to look like hourglasses running out of time. Small tufts of green fronds reach to the sky. Ample brown ones drag down toward the dirt. Will the dead fronds ever be trimmed? Would it make a difference?
January 21, 1996 | RICHARD CROMELIN
Alaska. Two kids and a polar bear cub face tough terrain and bad guy Charlton Heston as they try to rescue their dad from his downed plane. The star's son, Fraser C. Heston, directs. (Columbia) Basquiat. Artist Julian Schnabel wrote and directs this bio of painter Jean Michel Basquiat (Jeffrey Wright), who died at age 27. David Bowie (as Andy Warhol) stars with Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Parker Posey and Courtney Love. (Miramax) Bliss. Terence Stamp follows his "Priscilla" resurrection with the role of an unconventional sex therapist.
July 19, 2005 | Christopher Knight, Times Staff Writer
For a long time we've had Duke Ellington and Count Basie. Now we have King Basquiat too. This is not royalty-inflation. Jean-Michel Basquiat -- the artist whose trademark graphic icon was a toothy three-pointed crown, sometimes bestowed on references to his heroes and sometimes, like Napoleon, bestowed upon himself -- most certainly deserves it. The Duke had 75 years and the Count had 80 to cement their titles.
July 27, 1996
The Santa Monica Museum of Art will hold a benefit screening of "Basquiat," directed by artist Julian Schnabel, Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. The film traces the life of artist Jean Michel Basquiat, one of the first African American artists to succeed in America's commercial art world. Tickets are $75. Information: (310) 399-0433.
July 3, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A portrait Francis Bacon painted of his lover has sold for $27 million at a London auction. Poni Ujlaky, a Sotheby's auction house spokeswoman, said Tuesday that "Study for Head of George Dyer" was painted by Bacon in 1967. Another painting, "Untitled (Pecho/Oreja)," by the late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, sold at the auction for $10.1 million on behalf of the rock band U2.
May 14, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Phillips de Pury & Co. concluded the weeklong series of Contemporary art sales in New York with a total sale of $23.7 million, just under the high estimate. Twelve auction records were set, including new marks for Chris Ofili, Jorge Pardo and Martin Kippenberger. Top lots Thursday night included $1.58 million for a large 1983 triptych by Jean-Michel Basquiat and $1.
April 12, 1985 | WILLIAM WILSON
Briton Bruce McLean appears in an exhibition as small as it is thin. Three large paintings evoke the Jazz Age and chic black women in a flip one-coat graffiti-style reminiscent of the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Four monotypes are mainly devoted to the scrawled image of a gunboat centered in an abstract wash. McLean possesses a crisp wit that might amuse in small-scale works but here it is canceled by pretentious size, wispy means and paucity of number.
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