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  • 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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After Leonardo

1983
The complete set of five screenprints in colors, on Okawara paper.
All: 34 7/8 x 30 1/8 in. (88.6 x 76.5 cm).
One signed on the front and all numbered 37/45 in pencil on the reverse, published by New City Editions, Venice, California (all with their blindstamp), all unframed.

Estimate
$25,000 - 35,000 

80s

17 December 2010
New York