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Amid the success in New York of a major Basquiat exhibition from Paris, a gallery in the painter's hometown is paying homage to the late American artist's intensive use of the photocopier and collage in his work. "Jean-Michel Basquiat / Xerox," at Nahmad Contemporary, shows that the Brooklyn-born artist of Haitian and Puerto Rican descent integrated the machine into his creative process from his first attempts to transition from the world of street art and graffiti to contemporary art.The famous postcards Basquiat sold in the streets in 1979, which were his first point of contact with Andy Warhol, were color photocopies of collages that integrated painting, text and found objects.Like Warhol, Basquiat's use of repetition evokes the endlessness of consumer society, though without magnifying it as Warhol did.In contrast with the pure abstract paintings of Cy Twombly or Mark Rothko, Basquiat, who died in 1988, wanted the complexity of his paintings to be apparent.
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