10 May 2022


Donald Baechler Seminal NY 1980s Painter Dies Age 65

Donald Baechler, who died in April, was one of the most promising artists of the 1980s.

12 November 2021


Warhol’s Portrait of Basquiat Tops Christie’s Sale Achieving $40,091,500 

Andy Warhol’s 1982 portrait of his friend, the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat from the collection of Peter Brant, achieved $40,091,500 at Christie’s

Great Artworks Explained A New Video Series By James Payne

This is a new series by Artist/historian James Payne demystifying great works of art. We will be adding to this page as the content is produced.

16 June 2017

Jean-Michel Basquiat Boom At The Barbican – First Glimpse

The first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat(1960­-1988) opens at the Barbican on 21st September.

19 May 2017


Overhyped Jean-Michel Basquiat Painting Sells For $110.5m At Sotheby’s NY

A major painting by the New York artist Jean-Michel Basquiat has sold at Sotheby’s for an unprecedented $110.5m (£85.4m).

13 February 2017


Around The London Auction Rooms Impressionism To Contemporary Spring 2017

Adam Clayton Bassist in the Rock band U2 has put a rare Jean-Michel Basquiat Drawing up for auction at Christie’s. The self-portrait goes under the hammer next month, after residing for 25 years in his private collection. The pop star bought the artwork in 1990 when they were recording their album Achtung Baby in New York.

4 October 2016


Major Jean-Michel Basquiat Exhibition Announced For London’s Barbican

The first large-scale exhibition in the UK of work by the American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960­—1988) has been announced for the Barbican.

11 May 2016


Jean-Michel Basquiat Sets £40m World Auction Record At Christie’s

Christies Post-War and Contemporary Art evening sale in New York has realised a total US $318,388,000 / £220,796,117 /€279,086,291. The sell-through rates of 87% by lot and 91% by value is considered a staggering result. The sale established six new world auction records for artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Agnes Martin, Mike Kelley, Richard Prince, Kerry James Marshall and […]

4 February 2015


Iconic Warhol Portraits Of Basquiat, Mapplethorpe, Copley For Bonhams Auction

Three works which are probably Andy Warhol’s most iconic portraits from the 1980s will go to auction at Bonhams in London on February 12 at the Post-War & Contemporary Art sale. Each work by the Factory artist depicts a person that was a close friend of Warhol, as well as an important figure of the […]

10 December 2014


Keith Haring’s Bathroom Mural To Reopen In 2015

Keith Haring’s ‘NSFW’ men’s bathroom mural at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Centre New York, is about to be reopened to the public post its restoration. Since 2001 the bathroom has actually been a meeting room for the Centre, but for this month only it will be opened back up to the public. […]

24 September 2014


Contemporary Art Smashes $2 Billion Mark Creating New World Auction Record

Jeff Koons’s monumental sculpture Balloon Dog (Orange) has set a new world auction record for a living artist. The iconic work by the controversial American artist achieved the sum of $58,405,000 – that being £36,795,150, or €43,219,700, at Christie’s Post-War & Contemporary Evening Sale in New York on November 12, 2013. According to new figures […]

11 March 2014


Jean Michel Basquiat: Christie’s Online Auction Halted Lawsuit Filed

In a statement made on Sunday night, Christie’s announced that the Jean-Michel Basquiat online-sale will not go ahead as planned. A message on their website read; “Christie’s has decided to postpone the  sale of works from the Collection of Alexis Adler.  Our goal is to allow time for all parties involved to reach an equivalent […]

6 June 2013


Sotheby’s Paris Contemporary Art Evening Sale Totals £18.4m

Sotheby’s Paris Contemporary Art sale which took place on 5th June has broken the record for the Highest Contemporary Art Evening Sale Total of the 2013 Paris Summer Auction Season. The Highest Priced Contemporary Work of Art  was Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Crown Hotel which sold  for €5.7/ $7.4m / £4.8m In a packed sale room, Sotheby’s […]

6 May 2013


Jean-Michel Basquiat Masterpieces On Sale In Sotheby’s Selling Exhibition

Sotheby’s is presenting a major selling exhibition of works by Jean-Michel Basquiat. Featuring over 30 works, the exhibition showcases several seminal pieces in a variety of mediums and from a range of important dates in the artist’s oeuvre. The carefully curated grouping explores the key themes Basquiat grappled with during his career and the variety […]

8 March 2013

Jean Michel Basquiat’s Politically Charged, Primally Sexual Paintings – Gagosian NY

Gagosian’s current exhibition of Jean Michel-Basquiat’s work, including over fifty unique pieces by the artist, is nearly a retrospective and something not to be missed. One could spend a whole day exploring each work, letting its madness take over until the world around no longer matters. This show not only reinforces Basquiat’s truly unique and […]

7 February 2013


Jean-Michel Basquiat A New Major Exhibition At Gagosian New York

Fifty works from public and private collections will be featured in a new exhibition spaning Basquiat’s brief but meteoric career, which ended with his death at the age of twenty-seven. Thirty years after Larry Gagosian first presented his work in Los Angeles, twenty years after the first posthumous survey at the Whitney Museum of American […]

17 June 2012


Olympic Homage Gagosian Presents Warhol and Basquiat Painting

To coincide with the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, Gagosian Gallery is pleased to presentOlympic Rings, a painting made by Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat in 1985. At the suggestion of Swiss dealer Bruno Bischofberger, Warhol and Basquiat worked on a series of collaborative paintings between 1983 and 1985. Basquiat had always idolized Warhol […]

18 February 2011


Phillips de Pury Contemporary Sale Results

      Phillips de Pury in London completed the successful week of contemporary evening sales in their New York style Howick Place premises in Victoria with 29 selective lots achieving £5,409,200 ($8,725,040). 24 of the lots found buyers the highpoint being Jean-Michel Basquiat’s “Overrun” (1985) which sold for for £1,127,650 ($1,815,517) Robert Rauschenberg’s multi-layered […]

19 December 2010


Don Van Vliet AKA Captain Beefheart Painter Musician Dies Aged 69

Performing under the stage name Captain Beefheart, together with his Magic Band Don Van Vliet produced a number of highly unconventional