This extremely rare, early drawinIng has been authenticated by the Basquiat Foundation.
This typical freehand, Jean-Michel Basquiat creates a social commentary on police corruption and brutality. He renders an FBI agent envisioning the killing of a phantom-like figure by an unidentified muscular man. The work demonstrates Basquiat's attention to detail, through an intricate depiction of the subject's facial features in simple black ink on white paper.
Jean-Michel Basquiat, born in 1960, gained popularity at a young age. Just entering his twenties, Basquiat became known for the political and poetical graffiti that began to appear on walls around New York City under the signature SAMO (“same old shit”). The most successful of the 1980s-era Neo-expressionist artists, Basquiat’s work is in major museum collections around the world. Basquiat’s mother was Puerto Rican and his father was Haitian and his struggle with his mixed-race identity is often reflected in his artwork through the themes of race and identity. The artist died tragically at the age of 28.