Jean-Michel Basquiat, ‘Portfolio II’, Kings Wood Art

Rare opportunity to acquire an original portfolio of four (4) hand pulled limited edition screenprints produced at Brand X Editions,

Includes four pieces of artwork:

  1. Charles the First 61″ x 48″ (155 x 122 cm) 32 colors;
  2. Cabeza 50.5″ x 40″ (128 x 101 cm) 12 colors
  3. Rome Pays Off 44.5″ x 40″ (113 x 101 cm) 12 colors;
  4. Jawbone of an Ass 42.5″ x 60″ (108 x 152 cm) 27 colors.

Each of the four artworks is in its original packaging and crate with the Basquiat logo imprinted and with edition numbers that are matching from the Artists Proof edition of 15 (85 Regular Edition).

Signature: Each bears the signature of Gerard Basquiat, Administrator of The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, on verso as well as the stamps of The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat and David DeSanctis Contemporary Art.

Publisher: Brand X Editions, New York

Private collector New York, who purchased directly from the publisher in 2004 and never opened the original packaging.

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