Self Portrait with Basquiat, October 4

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  • Provenance

    From the artist to Jean-Michel Basquiat
    Acquired from the above, 1982

  • Catalogue Essay

    On 4 October 1982, Andy Warhol turned his Polaroid camera on Jean-Michel Basquiat for a series of portraits of the young artist. At the end of the session, Basquiat requested a portrait with Warhol who stepped into the frame and assumed the now famous pose seen here. Of the Polaroids Warhol took that day, this is the only one where Basquiat is seen grinning from ear to ear. Warhol gave the double portrait to Basquiat who then quickly returned to his studio with the still-developing print in hand, pinned it to his wall and created Dos Cabezas, a rendering of the double portrait painted in his characteristic visual language. Warhol recalled the day in his diary: ‘Down to meet Bruno Bischofberger (cab $7.50). He brought Jean-Michel Basquiat with him. He’s the kid who used the name “Samo” when he used to sit on the sidewalk in Greenwich Village and paint T-shirts . . . And so had lunch for them and then I took a Polaroid and he went home and within two hours a painting was back, still wet, of him and me together’ (Hackett, The Andy Warhol Diaries, p. 462).

    That day, immortalized in these two iconic works of art, marked the beginning of a friendship and artistic collaboration that would shape the course of Basquiat’s short career while providing Warhol a heralded final chapter of his. Days after their meeting, Basquiat gave the Polaroid to his close friend Anna Taylor. The surface features of the object are artifacts of this celebrated first encounter.

  • Artist Bio

    Andy Warhol

    American • 1928 - 1987

    Andy Warhol was the leading exponent of the Pop Art movement in the U.S. in the 1960s. Following an early career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol achieved fame with his revolutionary series of silkscreened prints and paintings of familiar objects, such as Campbell's soup tins, and celebrities, such as Marilyn Monroe. Obsessed with popular culture, celebrity and advertising, Warhol created his slick, seemingly mass-produced images of everyday subject matter from his famed Factory studio in New York City. His use of mechanical methods of reproduction, notably the commercial technique of silk screening, wholly revolutionized art-making.

    Working as an artist, but also director and producer, Warhol produced a number of avant-garde films in addition to managing the experimental rock band The Velvet Underground and founding Interview magazine. A central figure in the New York art scene until his untimely death in 1987, Warhol was notably also a mentor to such artists as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

     

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The Collection of Anna Taylor Delory

Self Portrait with Basquiat, October 4

1982
Unique Polaroid print.
2 7/8 x 3 3/4 in. (7.3 x 9.5 cm)
Copyright credit blindstamp on the recto.

Estimate
$30,000 - 50,000 

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New York Auction 14 October 2020