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The expensive mystique of Jean-Michel Basquiat

What does it feel like to be in the room with $100 million? You can find out soon: the most expensive piece of American artwork in history is coming to the Seattle Art Museum.

Margo Vansynghel is the visual arts critic for City Arts. She joined Bill Radke and Marcie Sillman to talk about the vagaries of the art market. Basquiat's valuations are being driven up almost singlehandedly by the collector who bought this work, Yusaku Maezawa. His approach to art collection is almost as unique as Basquiat's approach to art.

That approach was a once-in-a-generation talent. And there's a certain poetry in the fact that in death, a painter who saw himself in crowns has become king of the American art landscape.


I am happy to announce that I just won this masterpiece. When I first encountered this painting, I was struck with so much excitement and gratitude for my love of art. I want to share that experience with as many people as possible. バスキア落札しました。アートを好きになってよかった。このペインティングをはじめて見た時、心からそう思いました。みなさんにも見てもらえる機会を作れたらいいなと思っています。 #jeanmichelbasquiat #basquiat #バスキア #ありがとう @sothebys

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May 18, 2017 at 5:33pm PDT