Jean-Michel Basquiat's 'Humidity', 1982

Simon de Pury
Nov 16, 2012 10:20PM

When Tony Shafrazi found out we were selling Jean-Michel Basquiat's Humidity, 1982, I received a call. Of course, Tony Shafrazi was a very close friend of Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

He said that Humidity was a portrait of Warhol and Swiss art dealer Bruno Bischofberger. And when you look at the face of the central figure, there is no question that Tony Shafrazi is right -- this is Andy Warhol. We see the white outline of his hair, much like Warhol's later works with his "fright wig."

There is a very joyful thing about this work, which is very different from many works by Basquiat, where you have a tortured feeling due to his expressionistic way of applying the paint. But when you look at Humidity you just instantly feel upbeat.

Simon de Pury