In this 1978 commemorative postcard of John F. Kennedy, Street artist Jean-Michel Basquiat compares the American president to heroes Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America!
Basquiat’s Baseball Card
Early on in his career, Jean-Michel Basquiat produced his ‘Anti-Product’ series of postcards, which he sold on the streets of New York City for US$1 to US$3 each. These cards are extremely rare, as most were given to friends and very few have survived.
Here’s your chance to own one of Basquiat’s postcards.
Referencing the purchase of Blue Poles by the Australian National Gallery in 1973, who paid what was considered to be a scandalous amount at the time, and spurred by a recent acquisition of a US$1 million Pollock by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mike Bidlo made a Pollock for the people.
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Keith Haring, 1981
Here’s some early morning Urban Art with the characteristic cartoon-like imagery of Keith Haring’s iconic Street Art. The two figures with interlocked arms, one of the artist’s familiar subjects, was spray painted on a large piece of plywood, which was once part of a construction fence.
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80s East Village
In the early 1980s, New York City’s East Village was a hotbed of artistic creativity, from which emerged a group of artist-run storefront galleries featuring young and veteran artists. Soon, other emerging galleries joined, and the community flourished.
Those halcyon days (and nights) seemed limitless; everything seemed possible. As a celebration of that spirited and vibrant time, we’re featuring artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, George Condo, Richard Hambleton, and Keith Haring on artnet Auctions.
Flip through our album for a sneak peek of the sale, and browse East Side Story: Art from the ’80s East Village on artnet Auctions.
The Market for Basquiat
Jean-Michel Basquiat, who was known for his often temperamental personality, distinctive graphic style, biting social commentary, and fusion of multicultural symbols, had a short but prolific career.
Nearly 25 years after his death, the market for Jean-Michel Basquiat continues to show signs of significant growth. During the 2012 season, Basquiat generated over US$161 million, reaching a sell-through rate of 85%.
Charles the First was born in 1600 to James VI of Scotland and Anne of Denmark. He worked hard to overcome physical disabilities, and he suffered from a lifelong stammer. He became king in 1625, but was beheaded on January 30, 1649, after being found guilty of high treason.
At the bottom of this piece, Jean-Michel Basquiat wrote “Most young kings get thier [sic] head cut off.” Perhaps this is an autobiographical reference by Basquiat, who was suffering from his own private demons?
Created in 1982, when Jean-Michel Basquiat is considered to have reached his full artistic maturity, this screenprint is a wonderful example of the famous Basquiat system of mixing words and images.
Everything Is Shit
How romantic. Philadelphia-born artist Stephen Powers’s Everything Is Shit.
The owner of this vintage leather jacket was 16 years old when he cut school to meet his hero, Keith Haring, who was working on a mural in Chicago in 1989.
Haring created this painting on the back of his leather jacket as an impromptu thank you gift for his help with the mural. The jacket has been in the owner’s possession for the past 25 years.
Haring signed and dated the jacket, and Haring’s photographer, Kwong Chi, signed the sleeve. The artist died six months later in February of 1990 at the age of 31.
Leather Jacket by Keith Haring is part of our Holiday Ephemera Sale on artnet Auctions.
Please join us in supporting the Children’s Cancer & Blood Foundation!
Proceeds from the sale of these artworks, which were kindly donated to benefit the Children’s Cancer & Blood Foundation (CCBF). The foundation supports the important Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center.
By indulging in a beautiful work of art, you can help severely ill children receive the best possible care. Place your bid.
Happy Election Day, everybody! Get out there and vote!
Pictured is Liberty by Mr. Brainwash.
Art From The Underground
If you’re in New York and you haven’t made any plans yet for tonight:
Gallery 69 and Joe Russo are presenting From the Subways to Galleries: Art From The Underground tonight, September 28, 2012, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The gallery is located at 69 Leonard Street, between Church and Broadway.
Calling all Keith Haring fans! There are only a few hours left to bid on his fantastic 1988 work, Pop Shop Quad II.
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Haring’s Self Portrait
Created in 1989, Keith Haring’s unadorned self-portrait offers a candid impression of the artist in his final years, and provides an enduring representation of his life, his work, and his iconic style. Outfitted with his trademark glasses and short curly hair, Haring’s true-to-life image stares straight at his audience with a subtle smirk, exposed on the blank page.
Through his own hand, without any influence or distraction, Haring presents an open and eloquent caricature of himself, the way he wishes to be remembered.
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