Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Paintings

Nationality: American

Biography:
Born in New York in 1960, Jean-Michel Basquiat had anything but a stable childhood, making him predisposed to rebellious behavior at an early age. He was hit by a car when he was eight years old and suffered several internal injuries that required extensive recovery; so to occupy his time, his mother bought him a copy of Grey’s Anatomy—a book that remained a major influence on his depictions of the internal human anatomy throughout his career.

By fifteen, he had been uprooted from his Brooklyn home to live in Puerto Rico with his father and sisters, because his mother was committed to a mental institution. He later returned to New York where he attended City as School, a progressive school in Manhattan. There, he bonded with fellow student Al Diaz, a graffitist who lived in the lower east side projects, and the two formed an artistic collaboration and worked under the pseudonym, SAMO. Despite the positive creative influences they had on one another, the boys also shared an affinity for getting into trouble, spurring Jean-Michel to run away from home for weeks at a time—one of which he spent living in Washington Square Park.

Basquiat finally left home for good in 1978 and spent the next couple years living with friends, supporting himself by selling his original, punk-inspired postcards and t-shirts on the street. One time he even approached Andy Warhol in a restaurant and made a sale, although the two would not become friends until years later.

He participated in his first multi-artist exhibition in 1980, and his breakthrough career as a solo artist took off shortly thereafter. Basquiat and Warhol finally reunited in 1983, and spent the following two years on a series of collaborative works that featured multi-panel paintings and large canvases with exposed stretcher bars and blended Warhol’s stylized logos and pop culture motifs with Basquiat’s almost childlike designs of encrypted text and imagery. Despite mediocre critic reviews, both artists continued to enjoy their prestige as two of New York’s most celebrated cultural icons.

Unfortunately, Jean-Michel’s growing heroin addiction began to interfere with his personal life, and it after his close friend Andy Warhol’s death on February 22, 1987 that the young pioneer’s promising future quickly dissipated. He died of a heroin overdose in his studio on August 12, 1988.

Although his career lasted barely a decade, Jean-Michel Basquiat continues to have lasting relevance as a bridge between graffiti and the gallery—transforming street art into fine art and giving a voice to subsequent generations of artists who may have never have found their platform otherwise.

 

Jean-Michel Basquiat Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) (Anti) Product Postcards (set of 10), circa 1980 Postcard, ink, and color Xerox mount...
Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)(Anti) Product Postcards (set of 10), circa 1980Postcard, ink, and color Xerox mount...
Lot 69202
Auction 5258
Monday, May 2, 2016
$46,250.00
JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT (American, 1960-1988) Anatomy Series: Thyroid, 1982 Screenprint on Arches 88 paper 29-3/4 x 22 i
JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT (American, 1960-1988)Anatomy Series: Thyroid, 1982Screenprint on Arches 88 paper29-3/4 x 22 i...
Lot 70134
Auction 5215
Saturday, May 30, 2015
$18,750.00
Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) Drawings, 1982 Case bound book with original dust jacket 10-1/2 x 14 inches (26.7 x
Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)Drawings, 1982Case bound book with original dust jacket10-1/2 x 14 inches (26.7 x ...
Lot 77020
Auction 5323
Sunday, June 11, 2017
$3,250.00
After Jean-Michel Basquiat X The Skateroom In Italian, triptych (Open Edition), 2016 Screenprints in colors on skate d...
After Jean-Michel Basquiat X The SkateroomIn Italian, triptych (Open Edition), 2016Screenprints in colors on skate d... (Total: 3 Items)
Lot 11014
Auction 191805
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
$1,187.50
After Jean-Michel Basquiat X The Skateroom Trumpet, triptych (Open Edition), 2016 Screenprints in colors on skate deck...
After Jean-Michel Basquiat X The SkateroomTrumpet, triptych (Open Edition), 2016Screenprints in colors on skate deck... (Total: 3 Items)
Lot 11016
Auction 191805
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
$1,000.00

View prices realized on more items like this

PLEASE NOTE: All prices realized reflect the final hammer price PLUS the buyer's premium in auctions that charge a buyer's premium. Each item has a notation at the top of the listing indicating whether that lot included a buyer's premium. All information listed is intended to be as accurate as possible, but errors are possible. Please use this guide carefully and inform us of any inaccuracies.



Buy Jean-Michel Basquiat

ItemCurrent Bid or Price
After Jean-Michel Basquiat X The Skateroom Skull, triptych (Open Edition), 2014 Screenprints on skate decks 32 x 8 in...
After Jean-Michel Basquiat X The SkateroomSkull, triptych (Open Edition), 2014Screenprints on skate decks32 x 8 in... (Total: 3 Items)
Lot 12012
Auction 191809
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
$500.00
After Jean-Michel Basquiat X The Skateroom Gastruck (Open Edition), 2016 Screenprint in colors on skate deck 31 x 8 i
After Jean-Michel Basquiat X The SkateroomGastruck (Open Edition), 2016Screenprint in colors on skate deck31 x 8 i...
Lot 12013
Auction 191809
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
$200.00
After Jean-Michel Basquiat X The Skateroom Trumpet, triptych (Open Edition), 2016 Screenprints in colors on skate deck...
After Jean-Michel Basquiat X The SkateroomTrumpet, triptych (Open Edition), 2016Screenprints in colors on skate deck... (Total: 3 Items)
Lot 12014
Auction 191809
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
$800.00
After Jean-Michel Basquiat X The Skateroom Untitled, set of five skate decks (Open Edition), 2016 Screenprints in colo...
After Jean-Michel Basquiat X The SkateroomUntitled, set of five skate decks (Open Edition), 2016Screenprints in colo... (Total: 5 Items)
Lot 12015
Auction 191809
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
$500.00
After Jean-Michel Basquiat X The Skateroom Quality Meats for the Public, triptych (Open Edition), 2016 Screenprints in...
After Jean-Michel Basquiat X The Skateroom Quality Meats for the Public, triptych (Open Edition), 2016 Screenprints in... (3)

Auction 191813
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Preview

View other current items from this artist

 

Art Values

How do you know what's valuable?

Our Art Value Guide provides free information about how to value your Jean-Michel Basquiat artwork.


Get a FREE auction evaluation

Our experts will evaluate your Jean-Michel Basquiat artwork for auction or private treaty sale.


Want More Jean-Michel Basquiat?

Be the first to know when more items from this artist are available by adding it your wantlist.


Interested in selling or consigning?

Learn more about selling or consigning your Jean-Michel Basquiat artwork with Heritage Auctions.


Other artists with this Nationality