Basquiat appeared in Blondie's video "Rapture" as the DJ.
By 1984, Basquiat had developed a strong cocaine and heroine habit. The cocaine kept him awake at night so he could work and the heroine was used in the morning to help him sleep (speed balling). His friends were concerned about his "erratic behavior" and "paranoia."
In 1986, Basquiat went to Africa and his works were shown in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He also had an exhibition of over 60 works at the Kestner-Gesellschaft in Hanover, Germany.
“I just look at the words I like, and copy them over and over again, or use diagrams. I like to have information, rather than just have a brush stroke."
"I cross out words so you will see them more — the fact that they are obscured makes you want to read them"
"I cross out the words to move them into the background a bit. I like the copyrights because they look good."
"Believe it or not, I can actually draw."
"I like kids' work more than work by real artists any day."
"I don't think about art when I'm working. I try to think about life."
"I wanted to be a star, not a gallery mascot."
"I don't listen to what art critics say. I don't know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is."
"I am an artist who has been influenced by New York environment. But I do have a cultural memory. I do not need to look for it, it exists. It is over there, in Africa. It does not mean that I have to live over there. Our cultural memory follows us everywhere, wherever we are."
Basquiat, His Friends and His Art
Music by Velvet Underground: "Heroine"