Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (Estrella), 1985

24 Previously Unseen Basquiat Artworks @ Acquavella Gallery in NYC | May 1 – Jun. 13

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1985) photographed by Lizzy Himme

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1985) photographed by Lizzy Himme

Never before seen artworks from Jean-Michel Basquiat‘s early years, twenty-two paper drawings and two paintings, will be showcased in New York City from May 1st through June 13th.

The works have been brought to Acquavella Gallery by the Schlorr Family, who are collectors and former friends of the prolific Neo-Expressionist artist whose career was cut short by his tragic death at age 27 in 1988.

Basquiat sold his first painting in 1981, and by 1982 was taking the world by storm. In 1985, he was featured on the cover of The New York Times Magazine, an unprecedented fete for a Black artist, and for one so young.

As of 1998, the highest amount of money paid for an original work of Basquiat’s was $3,302,500. In 2012, his “Untitled” (1981), a painting of a haloed, black-headed man with a bright red skeletal body, depicted amid the artist’s signature scrawls, was sold for $16.3 million.

That same year, a similar untitled piece sold for £12.92 million ($21,811,544) at Christie’s London, setting a world auction record for Basquiat’s work.

Check out what curator Fred Hoffman had to say below, as well as a few pieces from the new collection, exhibit information and Tamra DavisJean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010) documentary.

“During the artist’s seminal years 1982-83 the Schorrs acquired several of his most important paintings, but in contrast to virtually every other early collector, the Schorrs also pursued and acquired a great number of works on paper both directly from the artist and from his early dealers. The Schorrs astutely understood that working on paper was equally central to his practice as painting on canvas. Their collection demonstrates both the focus and ambition that the artist invested in the medium of drawing.”


Exhibit Dates: Thursday, May 1, 2014 – Wednesday, June 13, 2014
Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday / 10:00am – 5:00pm


Acquavella Gallery
18 E 79th St
New York, NY 10075

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