I always imagined him to be like he was portrayed in the 1996 Julian Schnabel movie, an eccentric painter.
But the newest exhibition at the Suzanne Geiss Company, offers a rare glimpse of Basquiat as something different––a friend and lover.
The series of black and white 35mm nude portraits shot on a Canon camera come from photographer Paige Powell, who dated the artist for two years.
Taken in 1983 in Powell's Upper West Side apartment, the candid photographs are the first installment from Powell’s comprehensive archive, approximately 40 boxes of negatives and memorabilia.
Jean-Michel wanted to give me a tour of his neighborhood.