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Art For Sale | Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Portrait To Lead Christie’s Auction

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Looking to elevate your art collection to new heights? Well, here is your chance! Christie’s will be offering a selection of incredible works next month in an auction called “A New York State of Mind: An Important Private Collection.” The showcase serves as the collector’s passion for New York artists. The sale will highlight artists such as Joan Mitchell and Helen Frankenthaler, not to mention Neo-Expressionist artists, like Jean-Michel Basquiat and David Salle.

Leading the private sale is Basquiat’s 1984 work titled MP. The portrait is expected to garner up to $6 million USD. The painting depicts Michael Patterson, the artist’s friend who frequented the nightlife scene of 1980s New York. The portrait is seen with an off-white background adorned with xeroxed sheets of text, symbols, and drawings. The piece is rare among Basquiat’s works in depicting a subject from life.

Another highlight from the showcase is Mitchell’s Untitled work from 1958 to 1959. The painting shows Mitchell’s painterly language and was created during a creative period when she took her place at the forefront of the New York School.

Johanna Flaum, Head of Department, Post-War, and Contemporary Art, spoke about the showcase. She stated: “From the lyricism of Joan Mitchell’s New York period to the electricity of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s downtown art scene, this collection captures the unrelenting energy and beauty of New York City.” Christie’s will offer “A New York State of Mind: An Important Private Collection” across its 20th Century Evening Sale. The auction is set to take place on October 6 and its Day Sales on October 7.

Check out a few select images below and head over to Christie’s to find out more immediately. In the meantime, keep it locked with The Culture Curators for much more from the art department coming very soon.


Photos via Christie’s

Written by Jesse James

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