Recently sold for more than 2,000 times its original purchase price, Flesh and Spirit is a monumental 1983 work by Jean-Michel Basquiat that rivals his "Untitled" in complexity if not in price. Named after the Robert Farris Thompson book Flash of the Spirit: African & Afro-American Philosophy, it gets its basic layout from the Kongo cosmogram and draws its power from the dynamic between religion and reason. Overall, the oil stick, gesso, acrylic, and paper work sits on two hinged canvases and measures roughly 12' by 12'.
LOT SOLD. 30,711,000 USD