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Unknown Mortal Orchestra | Basquiat

Song: Unknown Mortal Orchestra - "Ffunny Ffriends" (2011)

Art: Jean-Michel Basquiat - "Philistines" (1982)



Merriam Webster defines philistine as "a person who is guided by materialism and is usually disdainful of intellectual or artistic values." Ironically, another Basquiat painting just set the record for the most expensive American art workwork ever sold, coming in at $110.5 million. The piece shown above was sold by Basquiat himself at the height of his career for the modest price of $570 (0.000005% of $110.5 million), in an attempt to counter the art world's exploitation of his work and comment on his growing distrust of those closest to him.

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