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Jean-Michel Basquiat, ‘Untitled’, 1986, Brooklyn Museum
Jean-Michel Basquiat, ‘Untitled’, 1986, Brooklyn Museum
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Untitled, 1986

Acrylic, collage, and oilstick on paper on canvas
94 1/8 × 136 2/5 in
239.1 × 346.5 cm
Location
Brooklyn
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Exhibition history
Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn

Collection of Larry Warsh

Collection of Larry Warsh

Medium
Mixed Media
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Copyright © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, all rights reserved. Licensed by Artestar, New York. Photo: Gavin Ashworth, Brooklyn Museum
Jean-Michel Basquiat
American, 1960–1988
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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.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, ‘Untitled’, 1986, Brooklyn Museum
Jean-Michel Basquiat, ‘Untitled’, 1986, Brooklyn Museum
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About the work
Exhibition history
Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn

Collection of Larry Warsh

Collection of Larry Warsh

Medium
Mixed Media
Image rights
Copyright © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, all rights reserved. Licensed by Artestar, New York. Photo: Gavin Ashworth, Brooklyn Museum
Jean-Michel Basquiat
American, 1960–1988
Follow

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.

Untitled, 1986

Acrylic, collage, and oilstick on paper on canvas
94 1/8 × 136 2/5 in
239.1 × 346.5 cm
Location
Brooklyn
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