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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 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. 

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Academic Study of the Male Fig.

1983
Screenprint in colors, on Okawara paper, the full sheet,
S. 40 1/8 x 31 1/2 in. (101.9 x 80 cm)
signed in pencil, from the edition of 13 (none of the prints were numbered), published by New City Editions, Venice, California (with their blindstamp), in very good condition, unframed.

Estimate
$15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for $18,750

Modern and Contemporary Editions

15 Nov 2009
New York