discoveredby the art establishment, and his vigorously spontaneous works in paint, collage, and crayon on unprimed canvas, featuring crude, angry, and rawly powerful figures and graffitilike written text, were much sought after by collectors. He died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27. By the early years of the 21st cent. he was hailed as one of the finest American neoexpessionists of his era.
See biography by P. Hoban (1998) studies by R. Marshall (1992), L. Emmerling (2003), and M. Mayer, ed. (2005) exhibition catalogs by D. Buchart. ed. (2014) and F. Sirmans (2014).
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