Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol (untitled) 'Purse' 1984:
With dollar signs drawn by Warhol and with crowns and "eye" drawing by Basquiat, this purse was worn by Warhol, Basquiat friend, and downtown scenester Joy Bouldin to accompany the two artists to Keith Haring's 1984 "Party of Life" at the Paradise Garage. Later that evening, Bouldin asked Warhol & Basquiat to tag and sign her handbag, resulting in a unique, timeless artwork and cultural piece.
Warhol drew 4 dollar signs and signed both his name and Joy's in gold ink on the lid. Basquiat signature appears under the purse's clasp, along with two crowns (one on each edge), and an "eye" next to one of the crowns.
Medium: Gold ink marker on vintage black leather purse, 1984.
Approximate dimensions: 8 x 4.9 x 4 1/4 inches.
Unique. Signed by Warhol in gold ink on the lid and signed by Basquiat in gold ink, recto.
Condition: Signatures and drawings are in permanent marker and appear well-preserved. Purse itself contains some rubbing and age-related wear; in otherwise good overall vintage condition.
Collection of Joy Bouldin.
Swann Auction Galleries, New York 2015.
Private collection, New York.
COA provided by Lot 180 New York.
- New York Post May 12, 2015: 'A Basquiat Muse Is Auctioning Off Rare, Wearable Art'.
- Complex Magazine, May 2015: 'Jean-Michel Basquiat's Muse Shares Her Rare Collection of Leather Jackets Tagged By Famous Artists'.
- Artspace, August 11, 2016: 'Who Wore it Best? 8 Wearable Sculptures From Artists Like Matisse, Dalí, and Bourgeois.'
More on Joy Bouldin:
Joy "Joystick" Bouldin was a fixture in the New York club & downtown art scene of the early 1980s. At age 18, she arrived in New York and in quickly exiting her plans for college, began working at the Mudd Club, where she was befriended by Andy Warhol, who introduced her to his inner circle, including Jean-Michel Basquiat (for whom she later modeled) and Keith Haring.
In 1982 Joy worked as a VIP door-person at Danceteria, where she came up with the idea of having the best known and most applauded graffiti writers, pop artists and musicians tag or draw on her clothing as they came in and out of the club. In doing so, she created wearable original artwork merging fashion, art and music that now also serves as a significant historical & cultural document. Downtown New York, became the catwalk for wearable art and there could be no better symbol of this than a Basquiat and Warhol illustrated handbag.
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