Artemizia Gallery presents twelve framed prints created in collaboration with the Jean-Michel Basquiat Estate. Celebrating some of the artist’s most iconic works, each reproduction is framed in sustainably sourced black ash, protected by acrylic glazing, and wired for hanging. Each work is either a giclée or an offset lithograph.
Jean-Michel Basquiat was an influential African-American artist who rose to success during the 1980s. Basquiat’s paintings are largely responsible for elevating graffiti artists into the realm of the New York gallery scene. His spray-painted crowns and scribbled words referenced everything from his Haitian heritage to political issues, pop-culture icons, and Biblical verse. The gestural marks and expressive nature of his work not only aligned him with the street art of Keith Haring, but also Neo-Expressionistslike David Salle.
“If you wanna talk about influence, man, then you've got to realize that influence is not influence,” he said of his process. “It's simply someone's idea going through my new mind.”
Born in 1960 in Brooklyn, NY, Basquiat developed an appreciation for art as a youth from his many visits to the Brooklyn Museum of Art with his mother. His early work consisted of spray painting buildings and trains in downtown New York. After rising to fame in the early 80s, Basquiat was befriended by celebrities and artists, including Andy Warhol, with whom he made several collaborative works.
At only 27, his troubles with fame and drug addiction led to his tragic death from an overdose in 1988. The Whitney Museum held the artist’s first retrospective in 1992. In 2017 the Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa purchased the artist’s Untitled (1982) for $110 million. This set a new record for the highest price ever paid at auction for an American artist. Today, Basquiat's works are held in collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, among others.