Basquiat With Regency Crown

A couple of weeks ago I arrived at work to be told I wasn’t supposed to be there.

My response was to dash to the Barbican and see the Basquiat exhibition.

God, it was good. Although, I would not recommend going dressed as a gallery assistant.

The Jean-Michel (dancing at the Mudd Club, 1979), above, was taken from a leaflet acquired at the scene. Photograph by Nicholas Taylor and Dead Human Design.

His crown comes from a National Theatre leaflet advertising a new play by Rory Mullarkey entitled Saint George And The Dragon. Mr. S and I went to see it on a rare trip out together. The leaflet shows a photograph, by David Stewart, of actor John Hefferman sitting with a fry-up in the Recency Cafe . Don’t even think about sitting down before your food is ordered. You’ve been warned. The crown is cut from the curtains.

I hand-stitched Jean, and his crown, to this flimsy-as-hell paper.

All of my work is numbered. This piece is 853.

Moore’s Modern Methods

I bought this in a charity shop about four years ago. I was going to use it as an address book, but it’s still empty. The paper is thin and fragile, and the clever metal mechanism is a bit rusty.

Made by Moore’s Modern Methods, 19-21 Farringdon Street, London EC4.

The company was established in 1909 and is still trading, as Moores Of London, except it isn’t in London anymore. That’s all I could find out online. I’ve emailed and tweeted them to see what they know about the early days. More to follow, hopefully.