Mixed media on board, featuring cubist portrait. Signed and attr. Michel Basquiat (American, 1960-1988) on right margin, various inscriptions on verso. (7.75 x 4.5 inch (19.7 x 11.43 cm). 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. â€œI donâ€™t think about art while I work,â€ he once said. â€œI think about life.â€ Basquiat drew his subjects from his own Caribbean heritageâ€”his father was Haitian and his mother of Puerto Rican descentâ€”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 Warholâ€™s death in 1987, followed by Basquiatâ€™s own untimely passing a year later. PROVENANCE: Private collection, Toronto, ON
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