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  • Provenance

    David DeSanctis Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

  • 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 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. 

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Rome Pays Off

Screenprint on paper.
44 1/2 x 40 in. (113 x 101.6 cm).
Signed, dated and stamped by the Estate on verso. Numbered lower edge. This work is from an edition of 85.

$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $17,500

Saturday @ Phillips

26 Apr 2008, 10am & 2pm
New York