// After wandering homeless around a messy New York City during the last part of the '70s, Jean-Michel Basquiat was catapulted to fame after selling a postcard drawing to Andy Warhol. The young artist, then in his 20s, immediately got exposed to other contemporary personalities that ranged from singers (like David Byrne from the Talking Heads) to prominent gallery owners and arts patrons.
The exhibition ‘Boom for Real’, held from September ’17 to past January ’18 at the @barbicancentre , displayed the picture shown as part of a solo retrospective of Basquiat. Currently, the artists’ works count themselves among the most demanded and most sought-after in the global market, both by private and institutional collectors. The pieces that the artist almost compulsively produced during his short life currently achieve prices that can vary widely; from $1.000 interevened Polaroids (very commonly produced during heavy-partying sessions) to ‘Untitled’, a full-scale oil painting sold by @sothebys New York for $110.5 million.