From a smattering of early portraits to his five-piece mural, the paintings manage to showcase both Basquait’s penchant for repeated symbols and the frenzied breadth of style encapsulated in his canvases. Sloppily aligned text dances next to primitive scrawls, while emotive self-renderings mix with the dark humor of a urinating dog. Jumping from readymades to collage to figurative pieces, the works brought the rough and tumble of graffiti to the walls of galleries. Disparate and overtly rebellious, it was just what the eighties art world craved.
Lot 50, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled, acrylic and oilstick on canvas mounted on wood supports, 60 1/2 x 60 1/2 in. 153.7 x 153.7 cm. Executed in 1982. Est. $¾ million
Lot 239, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled graphite, oil stick, acrylic and sticker on paper, 40 3/4 by 26 in. 103.5 by 66 cm. Executed in 1988. Est. $600/800,000
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled, signed on the reverse, acrylic and oilstick on paper mounted to fiberglass, 46 1/2 by 45 1/4 in. 118 by 115 cm. Executed in 1981, this work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by the authentication committee of the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Est. $1.2/1.8 million
Lot 237, Property from the Estate of Jan Krugier, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled, acrylic and marker on wood, 22 by 16 by 3 1/8 in. 55.9 by 40.6 by 7.9 cm. Executed in 1981, this work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by the Authentication Committee of the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Est. $600/800,000
Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (Two Dogs), signed by both artists on the reverse, acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas,80 by 106 in. 203.2 by 269.2 cm. Executed in 1984. Est. $600/800,000