(after) Jean-Michel Basquiat
Untitled (Skull)
1993

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A vintage offset-lithograph exhibition poster after American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) titled "Untitled (Skull)", 1993. Produced for the special show within the Menil Collection March 12th - May 9th, 1993. Text at bottom: The exhibition was organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art and is supported by AT&T with additional funding by the National Committee of the Whitney Museum, Madonna, MTV: Music Television, and the City of Houston through the Cultural Arts Council. Text at bottom right of image: Jean-Michel Basquiat, "Untitled (Skull)" 1981, The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Collection. Stamp on verso: 1981 The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved. Provenance: ex-collection of Eli Broad in Los Angeles who owns the original 1981 "Untitled (Skull)" painting which is within the permanent collection at the Broad Museum in LA. Sheet size: 28" x 20". Minor wear to edges center right and lower left. In overall excellent condition.

Jean-Michel Basquiat (December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988) was an American artist. Basquiat first achieved fame as part of SAMO, an informal graffiti duo who wrote enigmatic epigrams in the cultural hotbed of the Lower East Side of Manhattan during the late 1970s where the hip hop, post-punk, and street art movements had coalesced. By the 1980s, he was exhibiting his neo-expressionist paintings in galleries and museums internationally. The Whitney Museum of American Art held a retrospective of his art in 1992.

Basquiat's art focused on "suggestive dichotomies", such as wealth versus poverty, integration versus segregation, and inner versus outer experience. He appropriated poetry, drawing, and painting, and married text and image, abstraction, figuration, and historical information mixed with contemporary critique.

Basquiat used social commentary in his paintings as a "springboard to deeper truths about the individual", as well as attacks on power structures and systems of racism, while his poetics were acutely political and direct in their criticism of colonialism and support for class struggle. He died of a heroin overdose at his art studio at age 27.

On May 18, 2017, at a Sotheby's auction, Basquiat's 1982 painting, also Untitled, created with oil stick and spray paint and depicting a skull, set a new record high for any U.S. artist at auction, selling for $110,500,000.

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  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    28 in. H x 20 in. W
  • Seller Location
    Charlottesville, VA
  • Reference Number
    LU12121888463
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