A native New Yorker, Jean-Michel Basquiat made graffiti under the tag "SAMO" as a teenager, and produced postcards and T-shirts before establishing his studio practice. Though his career lasted barely a decade, Basquiat continues to have lasting relevance as a bridge between graffiti and the gallery, and as an influence on subsequent generations of artists. The UNIQLO at MoMA collaboration is inspired by the artist's own use of products like postcards and T-shirts as a vehicle for artistic ideas and by the enduring appreciation of his imagery. Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work is represented in MoMA’s collection.
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