The AGO had a good show called “I AM HERE” packed with a great many works, including the one above. There were some other works like these…
There were even some drawings of food
For a Basquiat fan such as myself, it was all very exciting to see so much of his work here in Ontario.
It wasn’t until sometime later that I noticed the fine print besides the work:
That doesn’t mean to say that these are forgeries. It just says his family doesn’t vouch for them.
I can’t say one way or another. Basquiat was known to draw on all sorts of things, which made the food drawings seem real enough. To me only the head / portrait painting seemed a bit off. Not his typical pallet. But I think it seems like him in many other ways.
Given how much his work goes for and how much he produced, I think we might see more potential issues with works of Basquait on display. something to keep in mind the next time his work is on display.