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Jean-Michel Basquiat Nightstand

Jean-Michel Basquiat Nightstand, 2018 by Burton Morris is the most recent work from the series Nightstand Portraits.  Each painting in this series features an artist or an iconic legend from popular culture, and is composed of personal objects that suggest and represent the subject.  For Basquiat, there is a human skull and a copy of Gray’s Anatomy, sketches laying around with one specifically alluding to his famous Asbestos theme and crown emblem.  There are lines of cocaine and pills signifying Basquiat’s drug use, and spray cans telling of his early graffiti days.  This is a hand-painted acrylic on canvas. It is signed, titled, and dated.

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) was an American artist and 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, 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.

Medium

Hand-Painted Acrylic on Canvas

Year

2018

Edition

Unique

Signature

Signed, titled, dated

Size 36 x 36 (in)
91 x 91 (cm)
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Jean-Michel Basquiat Nightstand, 2018 by Burton Morris is the most recent work from the series Nightstand Portraits.  Each painting in this series features an artist or an iconic legend from popular culture, and is composed of personal objects that suggest and represent the subject.  For Basquiat, there is a human skull and a copy of Gray’s Anatomy, sketches laying around with one specifically alluding to his famous Asbestos theme and crown emblem.  There are lines of cocaine and pills signifying Basquiat’s drug use, and spray cans telling of his early graffiti days.  This is a hand-painted acrylic on canvas. It is signed, titled, and dated.

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) was an American artist and 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, 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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Medium

Hand-Painted Acrylic on Canvas

Year

2018

Edition

Unique

Signature

Signed, titled, dated

Size 36 x 36 (in)
91 x 91 (cm)
Price Price on Request