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Jean-Michel Basquiat

The most notorious artist of the 1980s New York gallery scene, Basquiat hung out with Warhol, appeared in a Blondie video, and died of an accidental overdose at just 27 years old. Starting his career with witty street scrawlings under the tag SAMO, he went on to achieve superstar status through topical pieces with wide-ranging reference points – from his Puerto Rican heritage to the medical textbook, Gray’s Anatomy. Basquiat was a key figure in the neo-Expressionist movement and his works are priced accordingly: in 2017, his painting ‘Untitled’ became the sixth most expensive artwork ever sold at auction.

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Basquiat’s graffiti name stands for ‘Same Old Shit’.

Country of Birth


Auction Record


Sotheby's New York, 'Untitled', 2017

Notable Collections

The Daros Collection, Zurich, Switzerland

MACBA, Barcelona, Spain

The Barry Lowen Collection, LA, USA

Museum of Contemporary Art, LA, USA

Ken Griffin private collection

Notable Exhibitions

King Pleasure, Starrett-Lehigh Building, New York, USA, 2022

Basquiat’s “Defacement”: The Untold Story, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA, 2019

Jean-Michel Basquiat, The Brant Foundation, New York, USA, 2019

Basquiat: Boom for Real, Barbican Centre, London, UK, 2017

Basquiat, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, USA, 2005

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA, 1992

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