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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.