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HARING / BASQUIAT
FRIENDS AND RIVALS

 

The two artists were friends, collaborators and occasional rivals who are synonymous with the groundbreaking art scene of 1980s New York. While their work couldn’t differ more aesthetically, political urgency that drove them both: Basquiat was a black man, Haring a gay one, and their stars were rising in an industry that continues to  exclude difference.

Famously, both pioneers were cut short in their prime. Basquiat never got to enjoy the institutional status, cult standing and record-breaking sales figureshis work has since accrued: he was 27 when he overdosed on heroin in 1988, a year after the death of their close friend and mentor Andy Warhol.

Haring, who had predicted he would die from Aids before he was even diagnosed, was gone two years later, at 31.

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