Jean-Michel Basquiat (American, 1960 - 1988) mixed media on paper, entitled "Federal Reserve" to top and signed "Basquiat" to lower middle of piece. Framed under glass in black wood frame and measuring 14-3/8" in height, with 11" in width, with sight image height of 11-5/8" and width of 8-1/4". All measurements are approximate. Jean-Michel Basquiat was a notorious street artist, who rapidly rose to fame in the 1980s with his graffiti and ghetto-style art. He invented an alter ego 'Samo,' a fictional character who earned a living selling 'fake' religion. Basquiat's primitive imagery was influenced by commercial art, comic books, baseball cards, and events such as the Kennedy assassination. He also made biting social commentary on stereotypical black images and events. In 1983, he met Andy Warhol, with whom he often collaborated, and whose death greatly affected him as he struggled with his own addictions. Basquiat died of a drug overdose in 1988.