Jean-Michel Basquiat
Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat was an American artist. Born in Brooklyn to a Haitian father and Puerto Rican mother, Basquiat first achieved fame as part of SAMO©, an informal graffiti duo who wrote enigmatic . -Wikipedia
Born: December 22, 1960, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Died: August 12, 1988, NoHo, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Periods: Contemporary art, Neo-expressionism, Primitivism
Styles: Abstract art, Figurative art
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Jean-Michel Basquiat emerged from the "Punk" scene in New York as a gritty, street-smart graffiti artist who successfully crossed over from his "downtown" origins to the international art gallery circuit. In a few fast-paced years, Basquiat swiftly rose to become one of the most celebrated, and possibly most commercially exploited American "naif" painters of the widely celebrated Neo-Expressionism art movement.
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Key Ideas
1 - Basquiat's work is one of the few examples of how an early 1980s American Punk, or graffiti-based and counter-cultural practice could become a fully recognized, critically embraced and popularly celebrated artistic phenomenon, indeed not unlike the rise of American Hip Hop during the same era.
2 - Despite his work's "unstudied" appearance, Basquiat very skillfully and purposefully brought together in his art a host of disparate traditions, practices, and styles to create a unique kind of visual collage, one deriving, in part, from his urban origins, and in another a more distant, African-Caribbean heritage.
3 - For some critics, Basquiat's swift rise to fame and equally swift and tragic death by drug overdose epitomizes and personifies the overly commercial, hyped up international art scene of the mid 1980s, a cultural phenomenon that for many observers was symptomatic of the largely artificial bubble economy of the era.
4 - Basquiat's work is an example of how American artists of the 1980s could reintroduce the human figure in their work after the wide success of Minimalism and Conceptualism, thus establishing a dialogue with the more distant tradition of 1950s Abstract Expressionism.
   
...for the enjoyment
and passion of words,
thoughts, and disiplines.
'Untitled,' a 1982 painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat




Yusaku Maezawa, a Chinese-born billionaire entrepreneur living in Japan, who bid by phone.
Photo Left > An unidentified Sotheby's official speaks about 'Untitled,' a 1982 painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat, during a media preview at Sotheby's on May 5 in New York. by Don Emmert
    Untitled Jean-Michel Basquiat Painting Auctioned for $110 Million, a U.S. Record
by Alex Johnson - May 18 2017 - http://www.nbcnews.com
Jean-Michel Basquiat's untitled 1982 representation of a skull sold at auction for $110.5 million on Thursday (Mat 18, 2017) a record for an American painting and the sixth-highest auction price for any painting in world history.
Sotheby's said the painting — one of numerous untitled masterpieces by Basquiat, who died in 1988 at age 27 — sold in only 10 minutes. The buyer was identified as Yusaku Maezawa, a Chinese-born billionaire entrepreneur living in Japan, who bid by phone.
"When I first encountered this painting, I was struck with so much excitement and gratitude for my love of art," Maezawa said in an Instagram post Thursday night. "I want to share that experience with as many people as possible."
The oilstick, acrylic and spray-painted piece, described by Sotheby's as "raw, uncensored and fiercely magnificent," topped the record $105.4 million paid in November 2013 for an American painting — Basquiat cohort Andy Warhol's 1963 "Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)."
"Untitled" now slots in at No. 6 on the list of priciest paintings in history, behind Pablo Picasso's 1932 "Nude, Green Leaves and Bust," which was auctioned off for $106.5 million in May 2010. Another Picasso, "Les Femmes d'Alger (Version O)," painted in 1955, remains at the top, having fetched $179.4 million in May 2015.
Sotheby's said "Untitled" was a critical landmark in Basquiat's career because it "declared the arrival of the brilliant, then virtually unknown young artist into a world that would be forever transformed by his paintings."
Yusaku Maezawa born 22 November 1975, is a Japanese entrepreneur and contemporary art collector. He founded the Start Today company in 1998 and online fashion retail website, Zozotown in 2004.