Jean-Michel Basquiat, ‘Italian Skate Decks’, 2014, Alpha 137: Prints and Exhibition Ephemera
Jean-Michel Basquiat, ‘Italian Skate Decks’, 2014, Alpha 137: Prints and Exhibition Ephemera

Accompanied by wall hinges for hanging, bearing estate copyright, with hanging mounts.

Copyright from the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat; Co-published by The Skateroom and Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat.

32 x 8 x 1.5 in (81.28 x 20.32 x 3.81 cm) - Dimensions apply to each
This set of three of skate decks features images from Jean-Michel Basquiat's 1983 painting "In Italian", which is a quasi-religious diptych that displays inflamed and mostly indecipherable commentary. (Edition unknown.) Vague references to Italy and its language may be in part due to the major role the country and a handful of Italians played in the artist's career. These skate decks are brand new come in the original shrink wrap, and was created under the auspices of the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat.
--Courtesy of Alpha 137 Gallery

About Jean-Michel Basquiat

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.

American, 1960-1988, New York, New York, based in New York, New York