Lot 119
  • 119

Jean-Michel Basquiat

500,000 - 700,000 USD
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  • Jean-Michel Basquiat
  • Untitled ('Bird')
  • signed on the reverse
  • oilstick on paper
  • 36 by 24 in. 91.4 by 61 cm.
  • Executed in 1982.


Annina Nosei Gallery, New York
Private Collection, Boston (acquired from the above in 1982)
Sotheby's, New York, 20 November 1996, Lot 371
Lio Malca, New York (acquired from the above sale)
Private Collection, New York (acquired from the above in 1998)
Private Collection, New York (acquired from the above)
Thence by descent to the present owner


New York, Annina Nosei Gallery, Jean-Michel Basquiat, March - April 1982


Taka Kawachi, Ed., King For a Decade: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kyoto 1997, p. 48, illustrated in color

Catalogue Note

"In Basquiat's figures, this Warholian image of 'life back from the dead' (a zombie-like cast transforming the features of the living into instant ancestral commemorations) takes on a distinctly new form, 'feeling' and content...it becomes both a silhouette and an X-ray. The silhouette of a half-spooky, half-humorous black figure that appeared years ago on many New York walls, particularly on street corners in rundown neighborhoods...it conveyed a striking sense of isolation (and, of course, loneliness), vulnerability that became in itself a shield."

Francesco Pellizzi, "Black and White All Over" in Exh. Cat., Art Gallery of Ontario, Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now's the Time, 2015, pp. 186-187