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  • Wearable Art:

    Leather Jackets Tagged by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat,

    Keith Haring and others





    In the 1980s, downtown New York City was known for punk rock, nightlife and a certain gritty sensibility. Amidst the tumult of counterculture, dance clubs, graffiti and hiphop, a group of artists thrived and developed a hybrid sensibility. Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring remain two of the most well-known of these artists, and their friendship with Andy Warhol helped propel them into the public eye in the early 1980s.

    On Tuesday, May 12, 2015 Swann Galleries held an auction of Contemporary Art, which included a run of items heavily tagged by Warhol, Basquiat and prominent street artists of the 1980s. These jacket, skirts and other ephemera serve as a "who's who" of the downtown New York City street art scene in the 1980s. As a door person for the Danceteria VIP room "Congo Bill," the owner of these items, Joy Bouldin, helped originate the idea of tagged clothing in the early 1980s by inviting her social contacts to inscribe her accessories.

    Other featured artists include: Cey Adams, Shadi, Futura 2000, Ad-Rock, Energy, Fab Five Freddy, Zephyr, Dr. Revolt, Crash and Daze.


        lot 214    lot 211lot 205


           Lot 214: Sold for $3,750.                             Lot 211: Sold for $9,375.                   Lot 205: Sold for $2,750.



    lot 210    lot 209    



        Lot 210: Sold for $1,250.                               Lot 209: Sold for $8,125.