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Basquiat and Madonna | by Brigitte Vanzonhoven
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Basquiat and Madonna

In 1996, Madonna wrote a short essay on Basquiat for The Guardian prior to a

show of his work at London's Serpentine Gallery.


"He was one of the few people I was truly envious of," she wrote. "But he

didn't know how good he was and he was plagued with insecurities. He used to

say he was jealous of me because music is more accessible and it reached

more people. He loathed the idea that art was appreciated by an elite group

When I heard that Jean-Michel had died, I was not surprised. He was too

fragile for this world."

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Taken on March 26, 2008