Jean-Michel Basquiat, ‘Untitled (Everlast)’, in 1982, Pandolfini
Jean-Michel Basquiat, ‘Untitled (Everlast)’, in 1982, Pandolfini

cm 17,78x12,7

The work is accompanied by authentic released in 2000 by the Authentication Committee of the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat

The work is registered with the Authentication Committee of the Estate of Jean-Michel in Basquiat, with the number n. 10874

Private collection, Usa
Private collection, Arezzo

Before you even start painting together with the metà of the eighties, Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat shared a similar interest in certain subjects and themes. They were both fascinated by the combination of texts and writings or printed and images, and both of them drew subjects of culture popular. In his early works of the early 1960s Warhol, he had repeatedly used newspaper titles, advertising, factory brands and product prices, comics characters and celebrities; as subjects of his paintings and his drawings. The work of Basquiat, realized twenty years later, was based on similar elements, but approached from a different perspective. It was a fortuitous and prophetic event when the two artists were sent to work together. In 1984, Bruno Bischofberger asked Warhol, Basquait and Francesco Clemente to create collaborative paintings. Warhol appreciated the company and creativity. of Basquiat, and vice versa, and between the two established themselves; a strong friendship, not only on a professional but also on a personal basis. From this moment they continued to collaborate, for many years creating important canvases, and as a witness to this work by Basquiat, linked to boxing and the forerunner of the exhibition that they created together at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery, over the years follow. It was Basquait who asked photographer Halsband if he had photographed a traditional boxing style poster he and Warhol wanted for a new show. The result, literally, is the story.

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