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Feature on Himanshu Suri & Eat Pray Thug

For the cognoscenti, the Lower Manhattan intersection of Great Jones Street and Bowery is hallowed ground. In 1983, Andy Warhol rented a loft space at 57 Great Jones to the HaitianPuerto Rican pop artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose short career would take him from spraypainting subway cars to being canonized for artwork like “Irony Of Negro Policeman”. For five years, the brilliant, tortured Basquiat worked and lived in the loft as he sunk deeper into paranoia and drug addiction. Finally, in 1988, Basquiat was found dead in his bath, a collection of bloody syringes crowning the ledge of the tub. He was 27 years old.