Basquiat’s New York Tour

In his twelve-year-long career, Jean-Michel Basquiat left an indelible mark on the art and music worlds, and the city as a whole. In this walking tour, we’ll see how he transformed from an anonymous graffiti artist into a major art star whose paintings routinely sell for millions of dollars. We’ll also investigate the downtown art community from which he emerged - full of extraordinary painters, musicians, writers, and filmmakers working side-by-side - and the positive and negative ways his success impacted that community.

Locations include:

- Apartments and studios from throughout Basquiat’s life and career

- Where Basquiat first met Andy Warhol, and where they staged their infamous collaborative show

- Where Basquiat and Madonna briefly lived together

- The site of the legendary Canal Zone party, where Basquiat was first discovered
- The Warhol-owned apartment where Basquiat passed away

- Former locations of galleries where Basquiat premiered new works, including Anina Nosei, Tony Shafrazi, Cable Building, and Mary Boon

- Legendary clubs where Basquiat performed, DJ’d, and hung out, including Area, Tier 3, and the Mudd Club

- Filming locations from Julian Schnabel’s Basquiat biopic

- Sites related to Basquiat’s friends, influences, and contemporaries, including Blondie, William S. Burroughs, Keith Haring, Jim Jarmusch, Fab 5 Freddy, Rammellzee, Michael Chow, and Maripol

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- Begins in the East Village and ends in TriBeCa
- The tour lasts approximately three hours and covers three miles
- Comfortable shoes and bottled water are strongly recommended
- There is a bar break approximately halfway through the tour, so bring cash!
- Gratuities are welcome but not mandatory

Check out this Spotify playlist to dive deeper into the music behind the destinations



- two person minimum -

in the event that only one person books a tour, they will be offered the chance to cancel or have a private tour for a slightly higher fee

Offered on Sundays starting November 2019. Private weekday tours and large group rates available by request