Jean-Michel Basquiat’s “Untitled,” from 1982, has sold for more than $110 million dollars, a record for American art. Let’s take a moment to be nauseated by the price paid. Then let’s ignore it and talk about the art. Click the link in our bio to read more. © 2017 The Estate of Jean Michel Basquiat/ADAGP, Paris/Ars via Sotheby’s.
On the occasion of the Basquiat painting of a skull titled "Untitled" selling for $110 million, The New Yorker's art critic, Peter Schjeldahl, checks in with an appreciation of the artist.
Let’s take a moment to be nauseated by the price paid, which attests to the obscene amount of excess wealth sloshing around in the world today. Now let’s ignore it. A more worthwhile question is whether Basquiat rates high in valuations of recent art apart from the pecuniary. I think that he does.
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