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basquiat’s funny & expensive resume

06/14/13 , , , , , , , ,

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a 20-year-old jean-michel basquiat did what many people do at that age: made a resume.  however given that he was more financially well-off/indifferent than most of his peers at the time, his CV was more of an artistic/recreational pursuit.  highlights:

  • writing “nil” in the education section after misspelling education in the line before
  • experience section lightly crossed out while employment is heavily crossed out
  • a reference section featuring the likes of andy warhol, johnny carson, tennessee williams & dick tracy

i wouldn’t imagine anybody getting a regular job with this on merit (though the references might do wonders).  still, sotheby’s listed it for a solid working salary ($50,000).  first spotted at black contemporary art.

related: life doesn’t frighten me | video: basquiat documentary

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