Lol obviously not. He was clearly famous when he was alive, but it was a hype fame. A "what the fuck is that?" fame. Shit wouldn't have lasted, but something like a heroine overdose, will sell more than any piece of art. Tragic story. Brilliant mind. Blah blah blah.Are you saying the only reason he's famous is because he died of a drug overdose?Amazing how a drug overdose can preserve your career. Shame you can't have both lol
"Hype made Basquiat, and hype distorted his career. The greedy art dealers who bought and sold and resold his work had voracious appetites coupled with very short attention spans."
quoted from http://www.nytimes.com/books/98/08/09/reviews/980809.09boswort.html