Basquiat, elusive by nature, was once asked on camera to try to sum up what he set out to do with his work. He gave it a lot of thought, but more or less got it right:
“I tried to communicate an idea, in an urban landscape, and make paintings that were different, that made you think and had an alienating point. Direct paintings that provoke an emotion in people at the moment they see them”
Basquiat lived in a loft on the second floor of 101 Crosby Street, just where his career took off in the early 1980s. In that loft he developed part of his work and later he moved to his flat rented to him by Andy Warhol. Instead of turning it into a house-museum, the current owner of the former loft of the painter Jean-Michel Basquiat in New York’s SoHo has decided to refurbish it and rent it out to tourists or artist-lovers for the modest price of 650 dollars.