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Jean-Michel Basquiat
Basquiat The Offs 1984

1984

$1,525

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Basquiat The Offs 1984: "The Offs: First Record" original first printing, 1984 featuring original offset artwork by Jean-Michel Basquiat. Difficult to find in good condition. This is from the original first edition, first printing/pressing produced during Basquiat's lifetime. Back cover displays credit to Basquiat for his cover art (listing photo 3). Medium: Offset lithograph on vinyl record jacket, vinyl record label. Dimensions: 12 x 12 inches (30.48 x 30.48 cm). Cover: Moderate ring, shelf, and corner wear. Surface marking mid to upper right. In otherwise good overall vintage condition. Record: Very good to excellent overall vintage condition. 1st edition, 1st pressing not to be confused with later colored vinyl reissues etc. Authenticity guaranteed. Exhibitions: LP Show" 2003, New York, NY - MOMA / Exit Art Vinyl - Records and Covers by Artists" in 2005 in Bremen's Neues Museum Weserburg; in 2006 in Barcelona, Spain, and 2007 in Porto, Portugal Further Info Literature/catalog raisonne 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. _ Within our 1stDibs collection, please find additional collectibles from Basquiat - including the famous Basquiat Beat Bop Record; along with Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Keith Haring, Raymond Pettibon, Banksy & more Related Categories Basquiat record art. Basquiat music. Basquiat Rammellzee. Basquiat prints. Vintage Basquiat. Basquiat vinyl record. Jean Dubuffet. Keith Haring.

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About the Artist

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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