Sabado por la Noche

Sabado por la Noche (English: Saturday Night) is a painting created by American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat in 1984. It sold for $10.7 million at Christie's in 2019.[1]

Sabado por la Noche
English: Saturday Night
ArtistJean-Michel Basquiat
MediumAcrylic, silkscreen, oil stick and paper collage on canvas
Dimensions195.6 cm × 223.5 cm (77.0 in × 88.0 in)
LocationPrivate collecton


Born to a Haitian father and Puerto Rican mother, Basquiat grew up in a multilingual household.[2] He was fluent in Spanish and often riffed on the language in his artworks such as the title of this painting, Sabado por la Noche, which translates to Saturday Night. Basquiat often drew from his Afro-Caribbean roots by relating symbols from his heritage such as "Spanish words and African masks, to the tumultuous experience of modern-day street life."[3]

Sabado por la Noche was executed in 1984, an important period in Basquiat's career. From 1984 to 1985, he was worked on collaborative works in silkscreen and paint with pop artist Andy Warhol.[2] Sabado por la Noche is a mix of acrylic, silkscreen, oil stick, and paper collage on canvas. The painting's composition is dominated by two griots, which are featured in several Basquiat artworks from 1984, including Gold Griot, Grillo, and Flexible.[4] A griot is a storyteller, musician, and purveyor of oral history from West African culture.[2]

In his 1986 interview with Demosthenes Davvetas for Libération, Basquiat discussed his use of African imagery: "I've never been to Africa. I'm an artist who has been influenced by his New York environment. But I have a cultural memory. I don't need to look for it; it exists. It’s over there, in Africa. That doesn't mean that I have to go live there. Our cultural memory follows us everywhere, wherever you live."[5] Later that year, he traveled to Abidjan, Ivory Coast for an exhibition organized by Bruno Bischofberger.[6]

In June 2019, the painting sold for $10.7 million at Christie's Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction in London.[1]


The painting has been exhibited at the following art institutions:

  • Jean-Michel Basquiat: Une Rétrospective at Musée Cantini in Marseille, July–September 1992.[7]

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  1. ^ a b Armstrong, Annie (June 25, 2019). "$10.7 M. Basquiat Sells at $57.6 M. Christie's Contemporary Sale in London". ARTnews. Retrieved 2021-01-14.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ a b c "Basquiat's 'Griots' Painting, Sabado por la Noche, to Lead Christie's Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale in London". The Value. June 24, 2019. Retrieved 2021-01-14.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Tatum, Charles M., ed. (2013). Encyclopedia of Latino Culture: From Calaveras to Quinceaneras [3 Volumes]: From Calaveras to Quinceañeras. ABC-CLIO. p. 217. ISBN 978-1-4408-0099-3.
  4. ^ Block, Fang (June 6, 2019). "Basquiat's 'Sabado por la Noche' Could Fetch £11 Million at Christie's London". Barrons. Retrieved 2021-01-14.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ Saggese, Jordana Moore (2021). The Jean-Michel Basquiat Reader: Writings, Interviews, and Critical Responses. Univ of California Press. p. 62. ISBN 978-0-520-30516-8.
  6. ^ Hoban, Phoebe (1998). Basquiat: A Quick Killing in Art. New York: Viking. p. 278. ISBN 978-0-670-85477-6.
  7. ^ "Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988), Sabado por la Noche (Saturday Night)". Christie's. Retrieved 2021-01-14.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)