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Click to view full sizeFull Size ImageClick to close full sizeLOT 212JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIATThe Comic BookEstimate 150,000 - 200,000 USDi., iii., v-vi.: 14 1/8 by 8 1/2 in. 38.9 by 21.6 cm.watercolor, ink, graphite and whiteout on paper, in 8 partsCONDITION REPORTThis work is in very good condition overall. Each sheet has discolored slightly with age and some of the corners have been lightly dog-eared. There is a slight undulation to each sheet, inherent to the artist’s working method. All smudges and scattered media accretions appear to be inherent to the artist’s working method and from the time of execution. Each sheet is hinged verso
to the matte along the upper center and along the upper lateral edges and top edge. Framed under Plexiglas.
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PROVENANCEVrej Baghoomian, Inc., New York
Private Collection, New York (acquired from the above)
Sotheby's, New York, 16 November 1995, Lot 205 (consigned by the above)
Private Collection, Beverly Hills (acquired from the above sale)
Nicholas Sands & Co. Fine Art, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1997EXHIBITEDNew York, Vrej Baghoomian Inc., Jean-Michel Basquiat, October - November 1989, cat. no. 39, illustrated in colorLITERATUREExh. Cat., New York, Whitney Museum of American Art (and traveling), Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1992-1993, p. 234, illustrated
Richard Marshall, Ed., Jean-Michel Basquiat: Works on Paper, Paris 1999, pp. 50-51, ill
ustrated in colorCATALOGUE NOTE"To his predilection for anatomic charts and love of children's drawing style, Basquiat adds an occasional reliance on comic-book sources like Mad, Batman, Superman and Popeye. In no way does his painting try to disguise the many inspirations drawn unadulterated from television and the popular visual media. That is exactly what makes it evocative of its era, an age shaped mainly by mass media."
Leonhard Emmerling, Jean-Michel Basquiat: 1960-1998, Cologne 2003, p. 38SUGGESTED LOTSDiscover more upcoming
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