Famous Negro Athletes Artist: Jean-Michel Basquiat (American, 1960–1988)


Prints and Drawings

On view, 4th floor, Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Oilstick on paper


sheet: 23 1/8 × 35 in. (58.7 × 88.9 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Nelly Bly, B.A. 1994, and Michael Arougheti, B.A. 1993

Accession Number



20th century


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The artist, New York; given to Glenn O’Brien (1947–2017), New York, 1981 [see note 1]; sale, Sotheby’s, New York, Thursday, November 14, 2019, lot 5; sold to Nelly Bly-Arougheti and Michael Arougheti, New York, November 14, 2019; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2023

Note 1: Glenn O’Brien was a legendary art critic and luminary in the SoHo art scene of the 1970s–80s. An early promoter and lifelong friend of the artist, Basquiat made the drawing for O’Brien. For more on the artist’s gift to O’Brien and O’Brien’s relationship with the artist, see: Exh. Cat., Ontario, Art Gallery of Ontario, Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time, 2015, p. 175 and Exh. Cat., New York, Deitch Projects, Jean-Michel Basquiat 1981: The Studio of the Street, May 2006
  • Dieter Buchhart and Trisha Laughlin Bloom, Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks
    , exh. cat. (New York: Brooklyn Museum of Art, 2015), 35, 109, no. 45, fig. 14
  • Fred Hoffman, Jean-Michel Basquiat Drawing : Work from the Schorr Family Collection, exh. cat. (New York: Acquavella Galleries, Inc., 2014), 91, ill
  • Dieter Buchhart and Sam Keller, eds., Basquiat, exh. cat. (Basel: Fondation Beyeler - Riehen/Basel, 2010), 30, no. 20
  • Sotheby's, New York, Contemporary Art Evening Auction, sale cat. (November 14, 2009), no. Lot 00005, ill
  • Glenn O'Brien and Diego Cortez, Jean-Michel Basquiat: 1981: the Studio of the Street (New York: Deitch Projects, New York, ca. 2007), 18–19, 131, no. 15
  • Gianni Mercurio, ed., The Jean-Michel Basquiat Show, exh. cat. (Milan: Skira, 2006), 131, no. 15
  • Jean-Luc Chalumeau, Basquiat : 1960-1988 (Paris: Cercle d'Art, ca. 2003), n.p., no. 7
  • Galerie Enrico Navarra, ed., Jean-Michel Basquiat: Works on Paper (Paris: Galerie Enrico Navarra, 1999), 105, ill
  • Taka Kawakchi, ed., King for a Decade: Jean-Michel Basquiat (Kyoto: Kornisha Press, 1997), 26–27, ill
  • Vrej Baghoomian, Jean-Michel Basquiat, exh. cat. (New York: Vrej Baghoomian, Inc., 1988), 113, no. 48
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