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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.

High auction record
$110.5m, Sotheby's, 2017
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Guggenheim Museum, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Selected exhibitions
2019
Jean-Michel BasquiatFondation Louis Vuitton
Basquiat’s “Defacement”: The Untold StoryGuggenheim Museum
2015
Basquiat: The Unknown NotebooksBrooklyn Museum
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Ascent, Olympic, Leeches, and Liberty, 1982-83/2017

Portfolio of four screenprints
22 × 30 in
55.9 × 76.2 cm
Edition of 50
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Medium
Condition
Excellent
Signature
Stamped by artist's estate
Certificate of authenticity
Included (issued by gallery)
Frame
Not included

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.

High auction record
$110.5m, Sotheby's, 2017
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Guggenheim Museum, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Selected exhibitions (3)

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