Jean-Michel Basquiat - Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Friday, May 16, 2014 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist
    René Ricard, New York
    Adrian Barone, New York
    Sotheby's New York, Arcade Modern and Contemporary Paintings, February 20, 1997, lot 287
    Private Collection

  • Exhibited

    Paris, Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Basquiat: Testimony 1977-1988, October 2 - November 27, 1998
    Le Mans, Centre Culturel l'Espal, Jean-Michel Basquiat, April 29 - June 15, 1999

  • Literature

    Jean-Michel Basquiat - Testimony 1977-1988, exh. cat., Paris: Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, 1998, p. 47 (illustrated)
    J. de Noirmont, P. Barbancey, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Le Mans: Centre Culturel l'Espal, 1999, p. 30 (illustrated)

  • Artist Biography

    Jean-Michel Basquiat

    American • 1960 - 1988

    One of the most famous American artists of all time, Jean-Michel Basquiat first gained notoriety as a subversive graffiti-artist and street poet in the late 1970s. Operating under the pseudonym SAMO, he emblazoned the abandoned walls of the city with his unique blend of enigmatic symbols, icons and aphorisms. A voracious autodidact, by 1980, at 22-years of age, Basquiat began to direct his extraordinary talent towards painting and drawing. His powerful works brilliantly captured the zeitgeist of the 1980s New York underground scene and catapulted Basquiat on a dizzying meteoric ascent to international stardom that would only be put to a halt by his untimely death in 1988.

    Basquiat's iconoclastic oeuvre revolves around the human figure. Exploiting the creative potential of free association and past experience, he created deeply personal, often autobiographical, images by drawing liberally from such disparate fields as urban street culture, music, poetry, Christian iconography, African-American and Aztec cultural histories and a broad range of art historical sources.

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acrylic and oil stick on photocopy mounted on canvas
5 x 7 in. (12.7 x 17.8 cm.)
This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by the Authentication Committee for the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat.

$30,000 - 40,000 

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Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York 16 May 2014 11am