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The Offs First Record

The Offs First Record
Unsigned Print

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Offset print, 1984
Unsigned Print Edition of 2500
H 30cm x W 30cm

Critical Review

Similar to Beat Bop / Test Pressing, the image is monochromatic but more sparse in composition, reminiscent in its simplicity to the artist’s Anatomy series. Whilst The Offs faded from the limelight unlike Basquiat, the band’s members were a staple in the New York Scene where up-and-coming stars such as Madonna and Debbie Harry were making their name. Upon the reissue of the record in 2019, iconic music promoter from the era Johnny Bower remarked that “they played a seminal role in the downtown scene in the early 80s in New York. They were close friends not only of Basquiat, but also Warhol, Patti Astor and many of the musicians and artists who haunted the Lower East Side in search of the miraculous”.