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."