From the Subways to Soho | Interview Magazine | January 1983
Famed Metropolitan curator HENRY GELDZAHLER: Did you have any idea about breaking into the art world?
JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT: No.
HG: But when I saw you, you were about 17 years old. You were showing me drawings, that was 4 or 5 years ago… I was in the restaurant, WPA, in Soho.
JMB: Yeah, I remember.
HG: So you already had work to show.
JMB: No, I was selling these postcards and somebody told me you had just gone into this restaurant. It took me about 15 minutes to get up the nerve to go in there. I went in and you said, “Too young.” And I left.
HG: Cruel, but true.
JMB: It was true at the time.
HG: Were you furious?
JMB: Sort of. I mean, too young for what, you know? But I could see, it was lunch time. “Who is this kid?”