Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kelle Inman, in 1987 in his studio

Jonathan Stone for Art-Sheep

Jean-Michel Basquiat, one of the most seminal contemporary artists, died of a heroin overdose on August 12, 1988. An artist whose raw, angry expressions in the streets of Lower Manhattan, turned into passionate paintings, that were displayed in the best New York galleries.

The photos below are a collection of personal polaroids that were assembled by an art dealer in California. The images either depict the artist and his last girlfriend, Kelle Inman, or the artist’s personal objects, or they stand as artistic material.



A handwritten note from Dennis Hopper to Kelle, dated December 27, 1988,

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Basquiat in 1988

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Basquiat commissioned an Azzedine Alaïa silk-and-leather-dress for Inman, that reportedly exchanged with one of his drawings


The couple in Basquiat’s studio

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Basquiat’s personal objects


Portrait of the artist, 1987