On August 12th, 1988, art legend Jean Michel-Basquiat was announced dead at Cabrini Medical Center on East 19th Street. According to the autopsy, Basquiat died from “acute mixed drug intoxication (opiates-cocaine).” In the months leading up to his death, Basquiat was reportedly doing up to a hundred bags of heroin a day.
In 2016 GVSHP and Two Boots recently honored Baquiat by installing a plaque on his former studio located at 57 Great Jones Street. Several hundred Basquiat enthusiasts joined that day to recognize his contributions to the arts, and we recently discussed Baquiat’s major contributions here on Off the Grid. Read more about the recent plaque here, and about the ongoing GVSHP plaque program here.