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Lot 180

Basquiat The Offs 1984:
"The Offs: First Record" original first printing, 1984 featuring original offset artwork by Jean-Michel Basquiat. Difficult to find in good condition. This is from the original first edition, first printing/pressing produced during Basquiat's lifetime. Back cover displays credit to …

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Condition
Minor ring wear and surface creases in a few areas; otherwise good overall vintage condition
Signature
Basquiat artwork credited on reverse
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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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Basquiat The Offs, 1984

Offset lithograph on vinyl record jacket, vinyl record label
12 × 12 in
30.5 × 30.5 cm
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$1,475
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Lot 180

Basquiat The Offs 1984:
"The Offs: First Record" original first printing, 1984 featuring …

Medium
Condition
Minor ring wear and surface creases in a few areas; otherwise good overall vintage condition
Signature
Basquiat artwork credited on reverse
Frame
Not included
Price ranges of small design objects by Jean-Michel Basquiat
Learn more
Browse works in this category
$900+
This work
$0
$945+

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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