Okay, this new blog uses a photograph taken from anaba, and as of yet links ONLY to anaba... but it is NOT ME, and no, I don't have any idea who made it. It's funny, but mean. They should include a link to The Matthew Higgs Society.
(if true... going to all the openings, drinking up the alcohol, hitting on the staff, trying to get free stuff from the galleries.... yeah, so, what's wrong with that?!?)
UPDATE - i've removed the link to the blog. it's gone too far, even for me, and is censoring comments.
from page 101 of Phoebe Hoban's book on Basquiat (1998) -
That night Torton got a lot of practice with the Siskel and Ebert door system. "I spent the whole night at the door. And Jean-Michel would stand in the window, and give a thumbs-up or -down. I threw out Steve Kaplan, who Jean-Michel hated because he had called him a 'pickaninny artist.'" Kaplan was notorious for crashing parties and openings for free food and liquor. "Jean ran downstairs to see Steve publicly humiliated," recalls Lhotsky. It was not the first or last time that Basquiat would bait Kaplan.
I'm wondering about that alleged comment attributed to Kaplan... is that true? Is there more than the word of Stephen Torton?
from the Basquiat screenplay (1996) -
INTERVIEWER I see..(beat)And... How do you respond to being called – hmmm...(peruses some notes)– yes, "the pickaninny of the art world."
BASQUIAT(smiles – hurt, stunned) Who said that?
INTERVIEWER Why, that's from Time Magazine.
BASQUIAT No, he said I was the Eddie Murphy of the art-world. He said the Eddie Murphy.
I can't find a real interview to see how much of the above script is fact, but the Time Magazine Eddie Murphy comment was really made, by Robert Hughes, in this article from twenty-two years ago.
Here is a very early Basquiat interview - he was still SAMO - with Glenn O'Brien. Steve Kaplan is currently a frequent commenter to Marc Speigler's Artworld Salon blog. Marc Spiegler is still ON NOTICE.
UPDATE: someone's comment on the new blog -
Hey! any one involved in the Chelsea artworld should whole heartedly embrace freaks and freeloaders and anyone else who destabilises the creepy overblown facade of big Chelsea gallery openings. Drink up Steve!