Jean-Michel Basquiat – “Milk and Asbestos”

Milk and Asbestos is a relatively small piece by Basquiat’s standards but nevertheless an artwork with a big impact.

Jean-Michel Basquiat – "Milk and Asbestos"

While on my internet travels, I stumbled upon a Basquiat artwork I’d never seen before.

Milk and Asbestos was painted between 1980-1984 in acrylic and gouache on a smaller surface than usual for Basquiat; a board at 16x12x2 inches. The piece depicts a skull as the focal point with words such as “JAIL JAIL”, “SOAP SOAP”, and the title “MILK + ASBESTOS” painted in the space.

It’s currently held by Mandarin Fine Art Gallery, having been in various private collections since its completion. And it’s for sale (you’ll have to contact the gallery for a price if you’re interested).

For more on Jean-Michel Basquiat, check out Sammy Willbourne’s top 5 Basquiat paintings.

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