Basquiat and Madonna dated in 1982/1983. The owner of this collection knew them both independent of their relationship with one another. She knew Madonna prior as two of her closest friends were backup dancers for the musician. An artist herself, the owner hung one of her first paintings for a Madonna performance at the Lucky Strike, and she, along with David Svitzer, made the pop star jewelry.

My Friend Jean

The collection of original drawings, ephemera and furnishings presented here come from an artist and close friend of Jean-Michel Basquiat. The two met one night in December of 1979 in front of the infamous New York nightclub, Tier 3. She was immediately drawn to Jean’s bold, charismatic personality.

Jean-Michel Basquiat at the present owner's art opening at New Math Gallery, 1985. Photo from the East Village Report.

Listen as the owner of this special collection shares stories of her friendship with Jean-Michel Basquiat, the New York art scene, these works and more!

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