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BREAK­OUT PAINTER OS­CAR MURILLO GOES HEAD-TO-HEAD WITH JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT

SINCE AT LEAST the mid-1980s, gal­lerists have dreamed of dis­cov­er­ing the “next” Jean-michel Basquiat, per­haps the most icon­i­cally cool artist of all time. Ris­ing Lon­don scrib­ble-painter Os­car Murillo may now be the clos­est we have to the no­to­ri­ous JMB, who dated Madonna and nearly up­staged his men­tor, Andy Warhol. The par­al­lels are ob­vi­ous: deeply am­bi­tious, con­ver­sant in ev­ery­thing from graf­fiti cul­ture to ab­stract ex­pres­sion­ism, and ef­fort­lessly charis­matic, trans­fix­ing world­class cu­ra­tors and flashy celebrity col­lec­tors alike. As the Brook­lyn Mu­seum pre­pares to launch “Basquiat: The Un­known Note­books” next month, here’s a look at how his lat­est chal­lenger stacks up.

ON THE EVE OF HIS BUZZI­EST EX­HI­BI­TION IN YEARS, THE LATE ART-WORLD SU­PER­STAR JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT FACES OFF WITH HIS WOULD-BE HEIR, OS­CAR MURILLO.

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