Jean-Michel Basquiat - Modern and Contemporary Editions New York Saturday, November 22, 2008 | Phillips

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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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Back of the Neck

Screenprint in colors with hand-coloring, on Stonehenge Heavyweight paper, the full sheet,
S. 50 x 102 in. (127 x 259.1 cm)
signed and dated in pencil, from the edition of 24 (there were also 3 artist's proofs), published by New City Editions, Los Angeles, in excellent condition, framed.

$180,000 - 250,000 

Modern and Contemporary Editions

23 Nov 2008, 2pm
New York