'The Most Beautiful Drawing Ever': 'Pegasus' (1987) by Jean-Michel Basquiat

July 31, 2014 3:46 PM

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'The Most Beautiful Drawing Ever': 'Pegasus' (1987) by Jean-Michel Basquiat

It was usually one of the last works I showed students when I taught Basquiat, and I never said much about it. Its massive size, allover writing and symbols, and almost total lack of negative space overwhelmed me.

It also felt like standing face-to-face with sadness and death. Basquiat made "Pegasus" during the last period of his life, when his use of heroin was increasing and he was devastated by the recent death of Andy Warhol. He was also isolating himself and feeling like he had no one he could talk to. A...

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