Jean-Michel Basquiat - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Wednesday, October 12, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, UK

  • Catalogue Essay

    The portfolio includes the following titles: Charles the First, Cabezza, Rome Pays off and Jawbone of an Ass. Published by David DeSanctis Contemporary Art, 2005.

  • 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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Jean-Michel Basquiat Editions

Four colour screenprints on 410 Hot Press watercolour paper.
Prints vary in size from 113 x 101 cm (44 1/2 x 39 3/4 in) to 155 x 122 cm (61 x 48 in).
Each numbered of 85 in pencil lower left and signed and dated by the administrator of The Estate of Jean-Michel BasquiatGerard Basquiat on the reverse with the estate stamp. Published by David DeSanctis Contemporary Art, 2005. These works are from an edition of 85 + 15 artist's proofs.

£25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for £30,000

Contemporary Art Day Sale

13 October 2011