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Unformatted text preview: Around the 1980s, Basquiat became widely known for his paintings. His early works were labeled as “primitive” with skeletal structures. His style reflected a somewhat innocent phase of his life. He expressed his obsession with mortality through these paintings. He also included many city-related objects, such as buildings, cars, and police, from his graffiti experience in Manhattan. These works also revealed Basquiat’s interest in his black identity. The last style Basquiat achieved was figurative depictions. He used different symbols in his paintings. He was able to incorporate his love of music, pop-culture, and the history of jazz into his pieces. He also met and later collaborated with Andy Warhol. Basquiat eventually died in 1988 from an over dose of heroin and cocaine....
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- Fall '08
- Jean-Michel Basquiat