Brussels: The Skateroom, 2014. 3 offset lithographs (screen prints), in colors, on 7–ply Canadian Maplewood skate decks (each is 8” X 32”). Signed in type on the back of each board, “The Skateroom X Jean–Michel Basquiat.” Produced in collaboration with Artestar, under authorization from the artist’s estate. Unframed, as issued without wheels or trucks. Fine in the 3 original plastic sleeves and “The Skateroom” cloth bag. The most recent auction sale I saw was $500 (HA 5444, lot 66317, July 22, 2019). Your money back warranty of legitimacy and provenance is Biblioctopus, and that’ll have to do, and in this world you won’t do better. Fine. Item #425
Basquiat holds the world record at auction for a painting by an American artist, $110.487 million (Sotheby’s NY, May 18, 2017), bought by Yusaku Maezawa. I don’t know what that says about American artists, or Japanese businessmen, or money, or postmodernism, or 2017, or art generally, or about skate decks. Maybe everything, maybe nothing, but in a sign of the times for paintings, there are ongoing reports of art gallery mice throwing themselves on the traps.