Jean-Michel Basquiat - Never Above 14th St. A Downtown NYC Art Show New York Wednesday, March 8, 2023 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York
    Patricia Faure Gallery, Santa Monica
    Private Collection
    Christie's, New York, May 20, 1999, lot 187
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Literature

    Corinne Timsit and Léa Hippolyte, "Basquiat facing his heroes," ArtPremium, May 18, 2022, online, pp. 10, 12 (illustrated, p. 2, p. 9, medium listed as acrylic and oilstick on paper, p. 11)

  • 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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signed "Jean-Michel Basquiat" on the reverse
tempera and oilstick on paper
40 x 32 in. (101.6 x 81.3 cm)
Executed in 1982, this work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from the Authentication Committee of the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat.

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Never Above 14th St. A Downtown NYC Art Show