Jean-Michel Basquiat, ‘The Field Next to the Other Road’, Christie's

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)

The Field Next to the Other Road

signed and inscribed 'Jean-Michel Basquiat modena' (on the reverse)

acrylic, enamel spray paint, oilstick, metallic paint and ink on canvas

87 x 158 in. (220.9 x 401.3 cm.)

Painted in 1981. This work is accompanied by a certificate issued by the Authentication Committee for the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Signature: signed and inscribed 'Jean-Michel Basquiat modena' (on the reverse)

Modena, Galleria d’Arte Emilio Mazzoli, SAMO, May–June 1981.

Rome, Galleria Mario Diacono, Jean-Michel Basquiat, October-November 1982.

New York, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, Jean-Michel Basquiat: A Tribute, Important Paintings, Drawings & Objects, September–November 1996.

New York, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, Jean-Michel Basquiat, April–June 1998.

New York, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, Jean-Michel Basquiat, October 1999, pp. 90-91 (illustrated in color).

New York, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, Picasso Bacon Basquiat, May–July 2004.

New York, Pace Wildenstein, Dubuffet / Basquiat, Personal Histories, April–June 2006, p. 37 (illustrated in color).

Milan, Fondazione La Triennale di Milano, The Jean-Michel Basquiat Show, September 2006-January 2007, p. 209, no. 80 (illustrated in color).

New York, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, Four Friends, October 2007–February 2008.

Basel, Fondation Beyeler and Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Basquiat, May 2010-January 2011, pp. 50-51, no. 36 (illustrated in color).

R. Marshall and J. Prat, _Jean-Michel Basquiat,_Paris, 1986, v. 1, pp. 72-73.

Galerie Enrico Navarra, ed., Jean-Michel Basquiat, Paris, 2000, p. 90, no. 2 (illustrated in color).

_Jean-Michel Basquiat 1981: The Studio of the Street,_exh. cat., New York, Deitch Projects, 2006, pp. 228-229 (illustrated in color).

Galería Milena Ugolini, Rome, acquired directly from the artist

Janice Hope, Minneapolis

Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1996

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