Flyboy in the Buttermilk

by Greg Tate


“He was the most financially suc­cessful Black visual artist in history and — depending on whether you listened to his admirers or detractors — either a genius, an idiot savant, or an overblown, overpriced fraud.” In this essay, Greg Tate explores the career of Jean Michel Basquiat by juxtaposing the sociopolitical importance of black artists thriving in “white America”.

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