JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT US 1960-1988 Crayon/Paper

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JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT US 1960-1988 Crayon/Paper

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Crayon on paper. Signed with monogram on verso and attr. Jean-Michel Basquiat (American, 1960-1988). 12 x 8.5 in. (30.5 x 21.5 cm). A poet, musician, and graffiti prodigy in late-1970s New York, Jean-Michel Basquiat had honed his signature painting style of obsessive scribbling, elusive symbols and diagrams, and mask-and-skull imagery by the time he was 20. “I don’t think about art while I work,” he once said. “I think about life.” Basquiat drew his subjects from his own Caribbean heritage - his father was Haitian and his mother of Puerto Rican descent - and a convergence of African-American, African, and Aztec cultural histories with Classical themes and contemporary heroes like athletes and musicians. Often associated with Neo-expressionism, Basquiat received massive acclaim in only a few short years, showing alongside artists like Julian Schnabel, David Salle, and Francesco Clemente. In 1983, he met Andy Warhol, who would come to be a mentor and idol. The two collaborated on a series of paintings before Warhol’s death in 1987, followed by Basquiat’s own untimely passing a year later. PROVENANCE: Private Collection (New York, NY)