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Early in his career, Jean-Michel Basquiat produced his ‘Anti-Product’ series of postcards, which he sold on the streets of New York City for $1 to $3 each. These cards were formed from Xerox prints of collages he created with paint, ink, found materials, and photographic portraits, which were mounted onto card stock and made to look like postcards.
As is demonstrated in ‘Anti-Product Baseball Card Product’, Basquiat’s cards represented the initial stages in his stylistic development. Referencing his influences such as Andy Warhol’s Pop prints and Robert Rauschenberg’s appropriation collages, Basquiat wittily interjected himself amongst these Modern art masters by literally plastering his own image on the cards.
Calling them ‘Anti-Product’ cards and passing them out to people in the art word, Basquiat found a way to advance his position and insert his alternative vision in the New York art scene.
These cards are extremely rare as most were given to friends and very few have survived.
This poster was created and distributed to advertise the Tony Shafrazi Gallery exhibition of collaborative works by street artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and Pop Art icon Andy Warhol. The edition size is unknown but is presumably very small. Only a few examples have ever come to auction.
This is the companion piece to the legendary, iconic, and famous exhibition poster of two of the greatest artists of the latter part of the 20th century standing side by side, perhaps the most poignant and enduring image of the 1980s New York City art scene. This example, the invitation poster, shows Warhol landing a punch on Basquiat's chin. The photograph is by Michael Halsband, who also took the picture for the exhibition poster.
The exhibition included the collaborative paintings that Warhol and Basquiat worked on from 1984–1985. These works were the culmination of their friendship, one which began in the late '70s. Eventually, the two began to work on the paintings that would constitute the bulk of this exhibition. Warhol was intrigued by Basquiat’s rebellious personality, in terms of both the law and his artwork, and is said to have been inspired by the younger artist to return to working on canvas as he had during the early stages of his career. Andy Warhol certainly gave credit where credit was due: "Jean-Michel got me into painting differently, and that's a good thing."
The 13-foot painting, titled The Field Next to the Other Road (1981) was included in Christie's evening sale of postwar and contemporary art in New York on May 13 and was the sixth highest price of the blockbuster $658.5 million auction, and the second-highest price for a Basquiat at auction to date.
The successful buyer was not identified, but as artnet News' Brian Boucher reported at the time, New York dealer Christophe van de Weghe was the reluctant under-bidder, telling artnet News that he stopped bidding at $33 million.