Menu

Gagosian Quarterly

Fall 2017 Issue

Spotlight

basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled (L.A. Painting) (1982) was a game changer. Text by Derek Blasberg.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (L.A. Painting), 1982, acrylic, oilstick, Xerox copies, collage, marker, and spray paint on canvas, 67 × 205 inches (170.2 × 520.7 cm) © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York. Photo by Rob McKeever

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (L.A. Painting), 1982, acrylic, oilstick, Xerox copies, collage, marker, and spray paint on canvas, 67 × 205 inches (170.2 × 520.7 cm) © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York. Photo by Rob McKeever

Derek Blasberg

Derek Blasberg is a writer, editor, and New York Times best-selling author. In addition to being the Executive Editor of Gagosian Quarterly, he is the Head of Fashion and Beauty for YouTube. He has been with Gagosian since 2014.

See all Articles

This year, Jean-Michel Basquiat set the record for the highest-selling American artist when Untitled, a work from 1982, sold for $110.5 million at Sotheby’s. The work of art you see here, Untitled (L.A. Painting), debuted the same year at the former Gagosian Gallery on N. Almont Drive as part of the exhibition Jean-Michel Basquiat: Paintings. It was the first time Basquiat had exhibited in Los Angeles and his second solo show ever. The work is a masterpiece and has many of the hallmarks that we’ve come to associate with his work: the crown, the bird, the coin, the skull. With its underlayers of golden yellows (like sand or sun) overcome by soft blues (tones of the ocean), this panoramic painting, the largest of the twelve that were included in that landmark show, is marked by the geography of its inception: seeing it is like looking out at the Pacific from the shore. This California ambiance is worth noting.

Basquiat

Basquiat with Untitled (Julius Caesar on Gold) (1981; left) and Untitled (L.A. Painting) (1982; ground), New York, c. 1981 © Pierre Houlès

Given the mythical relationship between the artist and New York City, Basquiat’s West Coast outings have often been overlooked, but with two additional shows after the first (one in 1983, the other in 1986) and many trips in between—often staying at Larry Gagosian’s U-shaped house in Venice Beach—he made Los Angeles an important second home during crucially industrious years of his life.

Gagosian Quarterly Spring 2019

Now available
Gagosian Quarterly Spring 2019

The Spring 2019 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Red Pot with Lute Player #2 by Jonas Wood on its cover.

Jean-Michel in Black and White

Spotlight
Jean-Michel in Black and White

Fred Hoffman looks back on the creation of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Tuxedo (1983), examining the work’s significance in relation to identity and the hip-hop culture of the 1980s.

Andy Warhol: Everything Is Good

Andy Warhol: Everything Is Good

Richard Hell writes about the “transcendentally camp” Pop artist, portraitist of daily life.

View of the south front of Kenwood House.

Kenwood House

Anna Eavis, the curatorial director of English Heritage, traces the history of Kenwood House and details the remarkable collection of paintings that reside there.

Gagosian Quarterly Fall 2018

Gagosian Quarterly Fall 2018

The Fall 2018 Gagosian Quarterly issue is now available, featuring Memory Quilt for a Large Ball by Nate Lowman on its cover.

People Are Beautiful

People Are Beautiful

An exhibition at Vassar College brings together almost one hundred works by Andy Warhol that highlight the methods and aesthetics of the artist’s portraiture.

Jean Pigozzi

In Conversation
Jean Pigozzi

The artist and collector speaks with Derek Blasberg.

Walter De Maria: Truck Trilogy

Spotlight
Walter De Maria: Truck Trilogy

Lars Nittve investigates Truck Trilogy, Walter De Maria’s last work, conceived in 2011 and premiered at Dia:Beacon in 2017.

Andy Warhol: Triple Elvis

Spotlight
Andy Warhol: Triple Elvis

Text by Derek Blasberg.

Burden

Spotlight
Burden

The story behind Chris Burden’s Buddha’s Fingers (2014–15) and its connection to all of his streetlamp installations. Text by Sydney Stutterheim.

Mark Tansey

Spotlight
Mark Tansey

Alexander Wolf guides us through a multilayered new painting by the celebrated artist.

Picasso

Spotlight
Picasso

The story behind the sculpture that Diana Widmaier Picasso highlighted in Picasso’s Picassos: A Selection from the Collection of Maya Ruiz-Picasso.