Prior to New York’s main evening sale series scheduled for this spring, Christie’s will bring Jean-Michel Basquiat’s paintings to the public market for the first time.His 1982 Triptych Portrait of the artist as a young abandoned (1982) will be available at Christie’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale in May this year. Bids for work about 7 feet wide start at about $ 30 million, but quotes are only available on request, according to a Christie spokeswoman. Christie’s has not yet announced a release date.
Basquiat prices soared last year. Only seven works by the artist, who died in 1988 at the age of 27, were auctioned for over $ 40 million. Three of them were sold last year. Most of them were produced in the early 80’s during the career era of artists that collectors and dealers consider most valuable.
Portrait of the artist as a young abandoned Is a three-part painting on a wooden panel with a profile showing teeth on the rightmost panel. This painting also loosely hints at Basquiat’s own stardom and contains images related to death. The word “Morte” is written above the picture of the cross at the bottom of the central panel of the picture. In another section, you will see a contoured crown (a repeating motif of Basquiat’s work). The form of the triptych of the painting is considered a reference to the paintings of the Northern Renaissance.
The work has been in the same private collection for 27 years. First exhibited at the New York Fan Gallery in the same year it was produced, it was handed over to the Basquiat Show at the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the Baylor Foundation in Switzerland, the Paris Museum of Modern Art, and the Foundation. In 2019, Louis Vuitton, also in Paris.
In a statement, Christie’s Head of 21st Century Art Sales, Ana Maria Celis, described the painting as a “rare self-portrait piece” created as an “altar of graffiti art and artists.”
In addition to the current lot, Christie’s will also sell another rare piece of Basquiat that was owned by Keith Haring until the artist’s death in 1990. Exhibited with a self-portrait at the Fan Gallery in 1982 See plate 3 (1982) is a sculpture of a 2-foot-high black wooden box erected on a four-legged pedestal. The phrase “HEAD OF A FRYER” is written on one of the four facades of the box. The crown is drawn on the other side. Estimated to be offered for $ 4 to $ 6 million.