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This lot consists of a monumental, acrylic painting on unstretched canvas, done in the graffiti art style of the modern street artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat (American, 1960-1988). "Jean-Michel Basquiat" is hand written at bottom right of composition. This impressive work spans no less than 53" x 67". A towering statement, full of pure color and uninhibited feeling. Standing in front of this monumental piece, the viewer quickly becomes absorbed in its sweeping, expressive strokes. A testament to the vibrancy and raw talent of abstract neo-expressionist Jean-Michel Basquiat. This piece would be a centerpiece of any modern art collectors gallery. En verso is the iconic three-pronged crown as well as the name "MICHEL". Overall unframed piece measures approximately 53" x 67".

Basquiat used social commentary in his paintings as a tool for introspection and for identifying with his experiences in the black community of his time, as well as attacks on power structures and systems of racism. Basquiat's visual poetics were acutely political and direct in their criticism of colonialism and support for class struggle. He died of a heroin overdose at his art studio at the age of 27. On May 18, 2017, at a Sotheby's auction, a 1982 painting by Basquiat depicting a black skull with red and black rivulets (Untitled) set a new record high for any American artist at auction, selling for $110.5 million. Basquiat's art has inspired many in the hip hop music community such as Jay-Z.
PROVENANCE:
Private Collection

DIMENSIONS:
Overall unframed piece measures approximately 53" x 67"


Finger Lakes Auction has been commissioned to liquidate various collections of Fine Art. The pieces in this auction come from established modern art collectors in the United States and Europe.

PLEASE NOTE: Lots that do not carry established documented provenance nor any past auction record are described in this catalog as "in the style of". Authentication has not been established nor is it implied. Definition of "in the style of" is as follows:

"In the style of" [Artist Name] : The work may be ascribed to the artist on the basis of style, but there may be some question as to actual authorship.

Condition

Piece is in overall excellent condition. En verso appears to be a patch affixed to the canvas however no evidence of a hole exists. Canvas is free from any holes, rips or tears. Paint is firmly affixed to the canvas. This painting is massive, bold and makes a definite statement.

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Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) - Acrylic on Canvas

Estimate $40,000 - $80,000Nov 09