Jean-Michel Basquiat, ‘Signed rare invitation card.’, MultiplesInc Projects
Jean-Michel Basquiat, ‘Signed rare invitation card.’, MultiplesInc Projects
Jean-Michel Basquiat, ‘Signed rare invitation card.’, MultiplesInc Projects

Rare 1984 invitation card for the solo show 'Jean Michel Basquiat' held at Mary Boone Gallery, 417 West Broadway, New York. The show as co-hosted by Bruno Bischofberger, who, alongside Boone, became Basquiat's primary dealer in 1984. Paintings included Bird as Buddha, Brown Spots, Eye, Untitled (Africa) and Wine of Babylon. The show was also co-hosted by dealer Michael Werner. Signed by Basquiat at the opening in what appears to be brown oil stick. Size given is framed size.

Publisher: Mary Boone - Bruno Bischofberger

Private collection NYC.

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

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2015
Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn
2015
Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now's the Time, Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Toronto
2013
2013
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Gagosian, New York
2012
Tuxedo and Other Works, Stellan Holm Gallery, New York

Solo Shows on Artsy

2015
Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn
2015
Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now's the Time, Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Toronto
2013
2013
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Gagosian, New York
2012
Tuxedo and Other Works, Stellan Holm Gallery, New York
1988
Basquiat at Hans Mayer, Galerie Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
Contemporary Editions II, Gormleys Fine Art, Belfast
2017
Still Making a Splash After 20 Years!, Galerie Maximillian, Aspen
2017
Summer Street Art, DTR Modern Galleries, Boston
2017
La République De La Rue, Gallery Nosco, Marseille
2016
MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
2015
The Inaugural Installation, The Broad, Los Angeles
2015
Installment 3: Pop & Music/Sound, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
2014
Leeum Collection: Beyond Space, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul
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