Before she found fame, Madonna found Jean-Michel Basquiat, dating the influential Downtown artist in the early '80s. I always thought they were in some ways an odd couple—I would think Madonna would tire of Basquiat's serious drugging (and maybe she did!), though I guess the enfant terrible aspect was a commonality.
I was reminded of their affair when reading this fascinating (and rare) interview with art "megadealer" Larry Gagosian, who rose from selling art posters in the street to becoming the go-to guy for some of the most important original works of the past 30 years.
Speaking of an earlier time, he remembers when Basquiat was living with him in L.A. for a year:
"One day Jean-Michel said, 'My girlfriend is coming to stay with me.' I was a little concerned—one too many eggs can spoil an omelet, you know? So I said, 'Well, what's she like?' And he said, 'Her name is Madonna and she's going to be huge.' I'll never forget that he said that. So Madonna came out and stayed for a few months, and we all got along like one big, happy family."
The rest of the piece touches on Basquiat smoking weed on a plane and Gagosian's feelings of entitlement when it comes to cherry-picking his own shows.