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Screen print in colors, on heavy wove paper. S. 101.6 x 101.6 cm (40 x 40 in). Numbered in an edition of 85 with the Estate stamp. Signed by the executor and dated 2001.
The value of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Ernok (unsigned) is estimated to be worth between £110,000 and £170,000. Over the past five years, the hammer price ranges from £43,651 in March 2021 to £60,389 in October 2020. This screenprint artwork, created in 2001, has shown consistent value growth, with an impressive average annual growth rate of 48%. Ernok has a notable auction history, having been sold 15 times at auction since its first auction sale in July 2007. The edition size of this artwork is limited to 85.
|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|October 2021||Sotheby's New York - United States||Ernok - Unsigned Print|
|March 2021||Sotheby's London - United Kingdom||Ernok - Unsigned Print|
|October 2020||Christie's New York - United States||Ernok - Unsigned Print|
|June 2016||Phillips London - United Kingdom||Ernok - Unsigned Print|
|March 2016||Christie's London - United Kingdom||Ernok - Unsigned Print|
|April 2015||Christie's New York - United States||Ernok - Unsigned Print|
|October 2012||Phillips New York - United States||Ernok - Unsigned Print|
Ernok is a screen print in colours from 2001 by Jean-Michel Basquiat. This print features a black subject painted in close-up surrounded by frenzied brushstrokes of red, blue and green. Much like in Head, there is the sense that we can see beneath the subject’s skin, with yellow lines indicating the skull and areas of red paint penetrating through the body, indicating veins and internal organs. The blue lines across the figure’s chest loosely depict a ribcage.
The letters of the name ‘Ernok’ are broken down in the top right of the print, redolent of graffiti duo SAMO’s orthographical experimentation on the walls of New York City. Moreover, the breaking down of the name evokes the way in which Basquiat broke down the SAMO name to a single S, often accompanied by a crown, in his later works.
The incompleteness of the body in Ernok recalls bell hooks’ comment that much of Basquiat’s work evokes a fear of violence and oppression: “They speak of dread, of terror, of being torn apart, ravished. Commodified, appropriated, made to “serve” the interests of white masters, the black body as Basquiat shows it is incomplete, not fulfilled, never a full image”.