First Look: Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Now’s The Time

New York | 18 May

This May as a part of the New York Sales, Sotheby’s Contemporary Evening Auction will offer as a highlight Basquiat’s Now’s the Time, one of the most unique and monumental works from the artist’s career.

Executed in 1985, Now’s The Time announces Basquiat at the absolute apex of his international success as an artist, when he was also the center of New York’s creatively exploding downtown art scene. As Basquiat’s most visually simplistic and mature masterpiece, Now’s the Time witnesses Basquiat radically pare down the explosive bravura of his street art-based paintings into an austere composition that replicates a vinyl record pressing, with only a few inscriptions scrawled upon the black matte surface.

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