JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT (American, 1960-1988)
    Untitled, 1978
    Ink and pencil on paper
    14 x 11 inches (35.6 x 27.9 cm)

    Elizabeth Hershon (gift from the artist)
    Private Collection

    A letter dated April 26, 2007 from the Authentication Committee of the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat accompanies this work (Transaction Number 60841)

    Basquiat, Jean-Michel: Famed street artist who rapidly gained attention in the 1980s with his primitive and graffiti-style art. Basquiat's imagery was influenced by commerce, theories of personal interaction, and super-hero imagery. With regard to this work, the partial transparency of the seemingly futuristic body presents multiple viewpoints and perspectives, allowing the viewer to look inside, and read the piece in many languages. Transparency of the human form, revealing skull and bones, is a staple of Basquiat work, as is futuristic super-hero imagery. Basquiat died of a drug overdose in 1988.

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    Discoloration along the extreme sheet edges; surface soiling; faint handling creases; old hinges; faint backboard staining, framed

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