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The Life and Work of Basquiat

Victor Bockris, Gadfly, May 2000

Somebody once asked who Andy Warhol reminded me of. My answer, Muhammad Ali, tickled the artist so much that he used the statement in a book of his photographs. A good place to begin this article is, "Who does Jean-Michel Basquiat remind me of?" The answer is four men who were his original role models and heroes — Muhammad Ali, Keith Richards, William Burroughs and Andy Warhol. 

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