Monday, September 26, 2011

WTF: NY Mag’s ‘Basquiat in the Bodega

Here is a story I read on the weekend and opted not to post originally because I thought it was a joke but now I’ve seen it in several places so it’s time to stop the lunacy!  
New York Magazine did a piece titled “The Devil on the Door” - Could a painting on a dope dealer’s storefront be the last work of Jean-Michel Basquiat? The piece is available to read here in its entirety. So what’s the problem? The problem is that the painting is clearly a piece by artist Phil Frost! Troubling to see various art experts and historians discussing the in’s and out’s of this lost Basquiat, might be time to retire.  I don’t even know what to say other then wow you people are dinosaurs! But it gets even better… Kenny Scharf, a legendary graffiti artist had this to say “I wouldn’t say that it’s his greatest painting, but it’s not a bad one.”  Once again WOW, Kenny and Phil are part of the same art movement and are both well known not just in their world but the art world at large, these guys have even shown together before in the past, What a joke.

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