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Auction: Contemporary Art Part II
was auctioned on: 14 November 2008
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Jean-Michel Basquiat

Estimate: US$180,000 - US$250,000
Price realised:  n. a.
Lot number 148, Views: 176

Jean-Michel-Basquiat Follow Untitled (Cars/Teepees) 1981 Oilstick on paper. 23 x 25 in. (58.4 x 63.5 cm). Signed and dated "Jean Michel Basquiat '81" lower right. This work is accompanied by a certificate from the Estate of Jean-Michel-Basquiat.
Provenance The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York; Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York Exhibited Vienna, KunstHausWien, Jean Michel Basquiat, February 11 - May 2, 1999, Kunzelsau, Museum Würth, Jean-Michel-Basquiat, October 6, 2001 - January 2, 2002; New York, Deitch Projects, Jean-Michel-Basquiat 1981: The Studio of the Street, May 4 - May 27, 2006 Literature J. Baal-Teshuva, Jean Michel Basquiat, Vienna, 1999; J.Deitch, F. Sirmans, and N. Vassell, eds., Jean-Michel-Basquiat 1981: The Studio of the Street, Milan/New York, 2007, p 171 (illustrated) Catalogue Essay Jean-Michel-grew up in Brooklyn, and there is no question the work of '81 really connects with his childhood experience. A lot of the imagery, I feel, is Brooklyn-born. Jean-Michel's room was upstairs in the back of the building that we lived in, so from his window he could see a fantastic skyline, and great buildings like the bank near BAM. I think that is the skyline he references in early paintings. The kids playing games on the sidewalks of Boerum Hill were also a clear source of inspiration. Then of course there was Flats Fix, the F-L-A-T-S F-I-X signs on Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn. It's one of the things he remembered well and extracted multiple meanings from. He always used simple symbolism to explain complex situations. Gerard Basquiat, as quoted in Jean-Michel-Basquiat 1981: The Studio of the Street, Milan/New York, 2007, p. 90 Read More Artist Bio Jean-Michel-Basquiat American • 1960 - 1988 Follow 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. View More Works

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Phillips
Title: Contemporary Art Part II
Date of the auction: 14 Nov 2008
Address: Phillips
New York