Jean-Michel Basquiat - Evening & Day Editions New York Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Lang & O'Hara Gallery, Inc., New York
    Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills

  • Exhibited

    Jean-Michel Basquiat: Paintings & Drawings, 1980-1988, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, February 12 to March 14, 1998

  • 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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Back of the Neck

Screenprint in colors with hand-coloring, on Stonehenge heavyweight paper, the full sheet,
S. 50 3/8 x 101 3/4 in.
signed and dated '83' on the front and numbered 19/24 in pencil on the reverse (there were also 3 artist's proofs), published by New City Editions, Los Angeles, framed.

$300,000 - 500,000 

Sold for $365,000

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Evening & Day Editions

New York Auctions 21 April 2015