The truly unique quality of his work, the themes he communicated and his romantic rags to riches story continues to attract the intrigue of art world giants and art lovers across the world. He is best known for his primitive style and his collaboration with pop artist andy warhol.
The tag appeared on buildings around lower manhattan and brooklyn between 1977 and 1980 and, as he later explained, it “was supposed to be a logo.
Jean michel basquiat artwork. During his short yet productive career, basquiat created more than 600 paintings and 1,500 drawings. With a lot of misprint, for who knows italian. The muzzle of a donkey, the legendary “ciuccio” mascotte of the city’s soccer team, stands out surrounded by the artist’s usual scathing tags.
Basquiat had two younger sisters. In fact, according to the artist himself, art making had always been a challenge. Other than being jean michel basquiat’s most expensive artwork, having achieved whopping $43,500,000 at christie’s new york in 2013, dustheads is also one of his most powerful paintings, in all its rawness and totemic supremacy.
See available works on paper, paintings, and prints and multiples for sale and learn about the artist. In a 1983 interview for bff andy warhol’s interview. Born in brooklyn of haitian and puerto rican descent, basquiat first gained notoriety with graffiti artwork.
“i don’t think about art while i work,” he once said. His older brother died shortly before basquiat was born. His father, gerard basquiat, was born in haiti and emigrated to the u.s.
He started creating sculptures and mixed media works in 1979. 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, punk, and street art movements had coalesced. This technique is commonly used by artists especially who are critical about certain things within the society, and therefore they use their artwork skills to express themselves.
His two frenetic, radiant characters immersed in pitch black background are a true documentation of basquiat’s. Basquiat began painting graffiti in the late 1970s, often socializing and working alongside other artists of the subculture in the bronx and harlem.