Jean-Michel Basquiat, ‘Untitled’, 1980, VINCE fine arts/ephemera
Jean-Michel Basquiat, ‘Untitled’, 1980, VINCE fine arts/ephemera

Accompanied by a copy of the certificate of authenticity from the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, as well as an original letter from the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat reinstating the certificate.

Signature: Signed on verso

Monica Knowlton Gallery, New York
Christie's New York, November 6, 1990, Lot 308
Private Collection, Manhattan Beach, California
Bonhams New York, May 9, 2011, Lot 1128
Hemphill Collection, Miami

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