Unpacking the Meaning in Basquiat's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Derelict

London | 25 June 2024

Presented in partnership with United Kingdom Sotheby's International Realty, pulsating with raw energy and a compelling visceral strength, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Derelict is a masterpiece of Jean-Michael Basquiat’s oeuvre, painted when the artist was at the magisterial height of his creative powers. Reminiscent of a Renaissance altarpiece in its imposing scale and triptych format, this is a seminal and utterly unique construction; through this devotional totem the artist seeks to ennoble the street and enshrine himself and his graffiti artist peers as heroes and martyrs.

This timeless masterpiece is on offer as part of the Modern & Contemporary Evening Auction, including the Ralph I. Goldenberg Collection taking place at Sotheby's London on 25 June.

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