Basquiat: A selection of artist proofs

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Basquiat: A selection of artist proofs

Opens: 28 Mar 2022

Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure©

Over sixteen feet wide and estimated in the region of $70 million...

Over sixteen feet wide and estimated in the region of $70 million...

To say that New York's auction season will open with a bang this May is an understatement. Untitled, 1982 by Basquiat will be put up for auction at Phillips on the 18th May. Estimated at $70 million this is a highly anticipated evening sale that is set to go down in auction history.

A selection of artist proofs from the Basquiat's Estate

Phooey - AP

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Phooey - AP

  • 1982/2021
  • Screen print on paper
  • Artist's Proof of 15
  • Stamped and signed by Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Heriveaux, the artist’s sisters and administrators of the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat.
  • 215cm x 110cm

POA | £80,000 - £120,000

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Jean-Michel Basquiat – Phooey - AP

Phooey - AP
Phooey - AP
Phooey - AP

A major Basquiat retrospective has just opened at New York’s Starrett-Lehigh Building. The exhibition is the first to be curated exclusively by the Jean-Michel Basquiat Estate and features over 200 never before and rarely seen paintings, drawings, ephemera and artefacts which tell the story of the American legend from an intimate perspective that can only be offered by his family.

Basquiat in his studio

Basquiat in his studio

Embodying the New Wave of art born in 1980s New York, Basquiat is the movement’s most successful artist (in fact, his work Untitled (1982) which sold for $110.5 million in 2018, is the most expensive by any American artist).

Wolf Sausage - AP

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Wolf Sausage - AP

  • 1982-83/2019
  • Screen print on paper
  • Artist's Proof of 20
  • Stamped and signed by Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Heriveaux, the artist’s sisters and administrators of the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat.
  • 76cm x 56cm
  • Sold framed

POA | £20,000 – £40,000

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Jean-Michel Basquiat – Wolf Sausage - AP

Wolf Sausage - AP

The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat plays a major role in keeping the artist’s legacy alive by preserving and exhibiting the artwork of Basquiat. It was administrated by Gerard Basquiat, the artist’s father, until his passing in 2013. It is currently administered by the late artist's sisters, Jeanine Heriveaux and Lisane Basquiat.

Hollywood Africans in front of the Chinese Theater with Footprints of Movie Stars - AP

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Hollywood Africans in front of the Chinese Theater with Footprints of Movie Stars - AP

  • 1983/2015
  • Screen print on museum board
  • Artist's Proof of 15
  • Stamped and signed by Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Heriveaux, the artist’s sisters and administrators of the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat.
  • 213cm x 98cm
  • Sold framed

POA | £80,000 - £120,000

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Jean-Michel Basquiat – Hollywood Africans in front of the Chinese Theater with Footprints of Movie Stars - AP

Hollywood Africans in front of the Chinese Theater with Footprints of Movie Stars - AP

The subject of the work memorialises a time when all three artists were in Los Angeles during Basquiat’s second exhibition at the Larry Gagosian Gallery. The work, a commentary on the stereotyping and marginalising of African Americans in the entertainment industry, led them to coin the term and refer to themselves as the “Hollywood Africans.”

Flexible

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Flexible

  • 1984/2016
  • Screen print on paper
  • 153 x 115 cm
  • Edition of 85
  • Bears the signatures of Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Heriveaux, Administrators of the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat on verso as well as the stamps of the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Flatiron Editions.
Sold
Flexible
Flexible
Flexible

Basquiat’s experiences of marginalisation and racism profoundly impacted his work, which often referenced outsider cultures and critiqued politics as well as capitalism. “Flexible”, featuring the figure of a griot, a West-African storyteller, entertainer, and holder of oral history, is demonstrative of the artist’s interest in black history and non-Western culture.

In the run-up to what is set to be a record-breaking auction for Basquiat at Phillips New York in May and the King Pleasure exhibition, presented by his family, the city is bubbling with anticipation. From our in-house writer, we have an editorial with everything you need below. Long Live the King.

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