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Jean-Michel Basquiat
Basquiat The Offs 1984 (vintage Basquiat poster)

1984

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Basquiat The Offs, 1984 (rare vintage promo poster) In 1984, San Francisco new wave band, The Offs, famously commissioned Jean-Michel Basquiat to illustrate the artwork for their first album ("The Offs First Record.") This 1984 promotional poster incorporates the Basquiat drawing that appeared on the 1984 album cover. Rare. Off-set lithograph 16 x 24 inches Some minor indentations; otherwise very good condition Published by CD Presents, 1984 Catalog: San Francisco Punk Rock Museum Auction History: Paddle8, March, 2017 More on 'The Offs' The punk/ska band from San Francisco The Offs befriended key downtown New York art and music scene figures, such as Keith Haring, the actor Richard Edson who played the trumpet in the band, the music critic Glenn O’Brien and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Basquiat also wanted to play in the band, but was not good enough; instead agreeing to design the artwork for their first full-length album. Andy Warhol arranged O’Brien to write up the review of the album for Interview Magazine and credit Basquiat for the cover. The artwork was featured at the exhibition 'Vinyl: Records and Covers by Artists' on view in Germany, Spain and Portugal. Literature - see articles by: Glenn O'Brien in "Interview Magazine" May, 1985 Angela Holm in "NY Arts Magazine" March/April, 2008 Angela Holm & Wu Ziru in "Art Today" February, 2008 Catalogue/Collections San Francisco Punk Rock Museum, California Auction History Paddle8, March, 2017 _ Within our 1stDibs collection, please find additional collectibles from Basquiat - including the famous Beat Bop Record; along with Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Keith Haring, Raymond Pettibon, Banksy & more

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Jean-Michel Basquiat

Emerging from the New York City street-art scene, Jean-Michel Basquiat would become one of the most significant artists of the 20th century as he mixed hand-scrawled text, vibrant color, gestural brushwork and themes of social commentary in a prolific output of Neo-Expressionist paintings. Although his pieces always retained the improvisational energy of graffiti, Basquiat used deceptively uncomplicated motifs such as crowns and professional boxers to honor the majesty and power of Black men and place himself in that lineage. Today, Basquiat’s art is among the most expensive in the world, with his paintings regularly fetching tens of millions of dollars at auction.

Born in Brooklyn to a Haitian-American father and Puerto Rican mother, Basquiat’s parents treated him to regular visits to New York City museums and nurtured his early talent for drawing cartoons. When he was hit by a car while playing in the street, Basquiat’s mother gave him a copy of the lushly illustrated medical reference book Gray’s Anatomy. Later, human bones and body parts such as skulls and rib cages would prove potent as subject matter for his provocative and spirited visual explorations of social issues as well as his own vulnerability and the struggles he faced as a Black artist.

As a teenager, Basquiat spray-painted city bridges with friend Al Diaz, and their “SAMO” tag caught the eyes of local artists. He left home before he was 20, selling hand-painted sweatshirts and postcards in Lower Manhattan. Because Basquiat was homeless — sleeping in parks and girlfriends’ apartments — he couldn’t afford proper canvases, and instead transformed found materials, such as old doors and windows, with paint and layered paper. The works vividly juxtaposed a street-art style with forms inspired by Abstract Expressionism.

Basquiat’s first public exhibition was “The Times Square Show” in 1980, a landmark event for artists experimenting with the boundaries between the galleries and the streets, with pieces by Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, Kenny Scharf and Kiki Smith. His art soon garnered critical acclaim as well as the attention of collectors. Basquiat’s first solo show was at Soho’s Annina Nosei Gallery, in 1982, with another that year at Larry Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles. His star continued to rise with multiple exhibitions in Europe, a 1983 feature in the Whitney Biennial and inclusion in a 1984 exhibition of painting at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. But he found that racist stereotypes persisted in press coverage of him, even as his profile expanded, and friends contend that he was exploited by collectors and art dealers. He battled a heroin addiction for years, and at the age of 27, Basquiat died from an accidental drug overdose on August 12, 1988.

Although it mainly spanned from 1980 to 1988, Basquiat’s career in visual art involved hundreds of paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints and other works. This included collaborations with Andy Warhol, with whom he created a series of paintings between 1983 and 1985. Basquiat’s art has been exhibited in almost every major art museum in the world, and in 2017 his 1982 Untitled painting was sold for $110.5 million at a Sotheby’s auction.

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