"If you read his canvases out loud to yourself, the repetition, the rhythm, you can hear Jean-Michel thinking. You can see that this is a poetic,
rhythmic type of blending of word with image." —Fred Brathwaite (Fab 5 Freddy)
Basquiat started out as a graffiti writer on the streets of Brooklyn and Manhattan. He first wrote the phrases in this painting on city walls in the late 1970s.
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