100cmX100cm, Acrylic on Canvas
Real Dollars & 24K Gold Leaves
Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960 – 1988) was an American artist. Regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, he rose to success during the 1980s as part of the Neo-expressionism movement.
Basquiat became famous in the early 1980s, when the idea that artists were supposed to be commercial innocents fell apart for good, and when the idea of the “art star”— a funnily abbreviated inversion, if you think about it, of starving artist—first came into vogue. In 1985, The New York Times Magazine ran a cover story on Basquiat, titled “New Art, New Money.” Its tone was both awed and suspicious, with constant references to a hot, possibly gullible, market in contemporary art. His work was said to be selling “at a brisk pace—so brisk, some observers joked, that the paint was barely dry,” and Basquiat himself was quoted as worrying he had become a “gallery mascot.” Whatever else was true, as the art historian Jordana Moore Saggese has said since, “this was not the starving artist the public was accustomed to seeing.”
Own an individually customized, limited edition print of one of my paintings. Only 10 pieces have been made for each collection. Each piece is touched up and hand signed on the front and back, and comes with a certificate of authenticity that displays the edition number and total quantity of the specific collection.