Day: November 18, 2023

If you want to buy a painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat, get ready to pony up $100 million.

But, much to the chagrin of his friends, you can also get his work on scented candles, flip-flops, high-end bourbon and even a welcome mat. And those who were close to the artist, who died in 1988, are disgusted by what they view as diluting his legacy.

“I personally think Jean-Michel would be horrified,” Claudia Summers, a writer who was friends with Basquiat, told The Post. “[His sisters] are doing it out of greed. 

For all of that, which they view as a dilution of his art, some of Basquiat’s downtown crowd blame the late artist’s sisters, Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Heriveaux.

The two oversee the estate of the artist, who palled around with Andy Warhol and reigned as a 1980s shining art-star.

“They say they want to make Jean available to everyone. But they are diluting the power of his art,” said Summers, who acted alongside Basquiat in the movie “Downtown 81.”

“I personally think Jean-Michel would be horrified,” said one friend of Basquiat (above).

Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Heriveaux did not respond to The Post’s requests for comment.

Basquiat is not the only artist to have his work commercialized — there are Francis Bacon cushions, Jackson Pollock socks and Keith Haring rugs, boxer briefs and much, much more. But Al Diaz, an old-school graffiti artist who collaborated with Basquiat on the infamous SAMO tag (it was an abbreviation of “same old s–t”), believes that the sisters have taken it further than most legacy guardians. 

“Other estates do not handle the merch so cavalierly,” Diaz told The Post. “The Basquiats have set the bar lower than anyone else.”

The artist’s works are now emblazoned on bottles of bourbon from Great Jones
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Black pants are considered a wardrobe staple, but that doesn’t mean all black pants outfits have to be understated. More than any other bottoms, black pants make a marvelous canvas on which to show off your creative fashion genius. Easily blended into an aesthetic, black pants can be luxe, edgy, formal, or trendy. Due to their somber color—or, technically, lack thereof—black pants serve more silhouette than specificity, allowing you to try a daring new cut or style without overwhelming the rest of your look.

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To streamline your search for fashion inspiration, we’ve rounded up a dozen street style and celebrity black pants outfits, plus tips on how to style them, so you can make the most of your favorite pair.

Cozy Contrast

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One way to add depth to an all-black or mostly all-black look is to experiment with different textures like wool, cashmere, tweeds, and knits. The fuzzier and more contrasting, the better.

Related: 21 Unique Ways to Wear Head-to-Toe Black

Leather Layers

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For a sleek and refined look, wear a leather or faux leather button-down shirt with your favorite pair of leather pants. Bring out the shine of your separates with a fuzzy teddy jacket and spice up the look with a white purse.

Mixed Prints

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Black pants are an excellent backdrop for bright colors, prints, and patterns. They’re also the perfect bottoms to wear if you love a bit of intentional clashing. Case in point: Gigi Hadid’s black pants outfit featuring color block heels and a vibrant striped sweater. Hadid’s black jeans create enough space between her bold top and boots that the overall effect isn’t visually overwhelming.

Related: 31 Outfit Ideas That Revolve Around a Classic

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Bethel photographer Katie Basile has tackled a number of subjects from around the world: from the health care system in South Sudan to New York City bike messengers.

Her latest project focuses on a group of artists from her backyard: earring makers of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Basile profiled nine different artists, photographing both the artist in portrait form and their work, while adding context from videoed interviews. While she generally focuses on more documentary-style photojournalism, Basile said she’s always had an interest in fashion and studio photography.

Funded by the Alaska Humanities Forum, she partnered with the Southwest Alaska Arts Group for the project, which will be exhibited Friday at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center in Bethel starting at 5 p.m. The show will include publication of a 24-page lookbook, featuring each artist and their work. We talked to Basile about the project, the explosion of earring creation among Indigenous artists in the state and how she balances assignments.

The following Q&A has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

Anchorage Daily News: What was the evolution of this project?

Basile: I’ve been wanting to do a project on earring artists and earrings and I think in Bethel in particular, with the weather the way it is, there’s not a lot of room for creative fashion.

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