August 12, 2013 marks the 25th anniversary of the passing of one of the great figures in the annals of American art history. Jean-Michel Basquiat died of a heroin overdose on a "day just like today," depriving us all of what would could have been. What might have Basquiat produced had he remained with us for "Desert Storm" in '91; "NAFTA" in '93-94; or "9/11" and the emerging post 9/11 global order? Unfortunately we shall never know.

We did have Basquiat with us for a little while at least. Here is an all too brief look at the work of a life that was lost all too soon.

via JUX