The Estate of acclaimed hip hop producer and Delicious Vinyl co-founder, Matt Dike, alongside Phillips, will be selling a rare collection of artworks made by the late Jean-Michel Basquiat. Leading the forthcoming sale is Basquiat’s Self-Portrait painting alongside five standout pieces that were made during the early 1980s.
Dike’s first encounter with Basquiat was in the late 1970s at an NYU party when the artist went by his well-known pseudonym SAMO. Their friendship grew over the years with Dike eventually becoming Basquiat’s assistant in 1982 when the budding music producer was working for Gagosian LA at the time. It was during Basquiat’s LA residency when he created the Self-Portrait. That same artwork will available for purchase at Phillips’ upcoming auction in May.
“Self-Portrait firmly takes a prime position in the pantheon of self-portraits in Basquiat’s oeuvre, one that perhaps like none other is filled with self- reflection,” said Phillips in a statement.”Estimated at $9-12 million USD, Self-Portrait leads the group and is one of the greatest self-portraits by the artist to ever be offered at auction.”
The Basquiat works will be on view in Los Angeles from April 9-11. The auction will take place at the auction house’s New York location from May 3-15. Check out select works above and then head over to Phillips’ website to learn more.
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A study in color and abstraction, ‘Untitled (Velveeta),’ 1984 (far right) epitomizes Jean-Michel Basquiat’s distinctly feverish visual repertoire. Bringing together disparate iconographic fields, this piece merges figurative expression, abstract forms and mathematic signs. See this work and more IRL through 7 March at 30 Berkeley Square during our 20th Century & Contemporary Art spring sale preview in London. See even more by Basquiat and browse the sale via link in bio. #jeanmichelbasquiat #phillipsbsq . ‘Velveeta’ is pictured here alongside David Hammons’ ‘Untitled (Body Print)’ and Basquiat’s 1983 work ‘Untitled’.