In 1983, Jean-Michel Basquiat produced one of the most valuable hip-hop records ever made: Beat Bop, a 10-minute single performed as a rap battle between K-Rob and Rammellzee, with the album jacket and vinyl art created by Basquiat himself.
Graphics on each deck utilize the multi-media aspects in his artwork, with both single level and raised ink areas.
Dimensions: 32 x 8.25 Inches / 80 x 20 cm (each)
Medium: A set of 3 skatedecks featuring Basquiat's most prolific work entitled "Beat Pop", 1983. Made from 7-ply 100% North American Maple wood, bonded with Epoxy Resin.
Provenance: Signed in the plate on the back of each deck with official "Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat licensing" stamp below. Gallery certificate of authenticity included.
Edition: Limited Edition
Condition: New (Still in plastic wrap)
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960 – 1988) was an American artist who rose to success during the 1980s. Regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, he was part of the Neo-expressionism movement.
Basquiat first achieved fame as part of SAMO, a graffiti duo who wrote enigmatic epigrams in the cultural hotbed of the Lower East Side of Manhattan during the late 1970s, where rap, punk, and street art coalesced into early hip-hop music culture. By the early 1980s, his paintings were being exhibited in galleries and museums internationally. At 22, he was the youngest to exhibit at the Whitney Biennial in New York. The Whitney Museum of American Art held a retrospective of his art work in 1992.
Basquiat's art focused on dichotomies such as wealth versus poverty, integration versus segregation, and inner versus outer experience. He appropriated poetry, drawing, and painting, and married text and image, abstraction, figuration, and historical information mixed with contemporary critique. He used social commentary in his paintings as a tool for introspection and for identifying with his experiences in the Black community of his time, as well as attacks on power structures and systems of racism. His visual poetics were acutely political and direct in their criticism of colonialism and support for class struggle.
Since Basquiat's death at the age of 27 from a heroin overdose in 1988, his work has steadily increased in value. At a Sotheby's auction in May 2017, Untitled, a 1982 painting by Basquiat depicting a black skull with red and yellow rivulets, sold for $110.5 million, becoming one of the most expensive paintings ever purchased. It also set a new record high for an American artist at auction.