Jean-Michel Basquiat’s painting sells for $41.9 million
Jean-Michel Basquiat was a New York native. He was of Haitian and Puerto Rican descent. According to the New York Times, his painting, titled “Warrior” – a 1982 creation – sold for $ 41.9 million for a fee. The sale took place in Hong Kong at Christie’s auction house. The newspaper also mentioned that “Warrior” was being offered as an unusual single ticket. It is supposed to symbolize the struggles of blacks in a world dominated by white.
The late artist’s website found that Basquiat showed an affinity for drawing from a young age. His mother had a keen interest in sketching and often drew with him. She took him to places like the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Basquiat is said to have often used paper his father brought from an accounting firm where he worked. The budding artist was also inspired by television cartoons.
Sotheby’s described Basquiat as one of the most influential and internationally best known artists of the late 20th century, which is an incredible achievement.
“His street art and neo-expressionist works on canvas and paper as well as on random objects and surfaces are characterized by visually striking and psychologically strong combinations of anatomical diagrams, charged words and cryptic phrases, numbers, pictograms, commercial graphics and allusions to African History and African American pop culture as well as stick figures and cards, ”says the online biography of his work.
According to the New York Times, Basquiat explored issues of race and inequality using a graffiti-inspired style. He started out as a street artist and eventually rose to the heights of the contemporary art world. He worked with Andy Warhol and became a legend after his death at the age of 27 in 1988.
While many non-art collectors may just learn about Basquiat, the price his work demands speaks volumes about his talent.