The French clothing brand Agnès B has added a T-shirt to its ongoing T.shirts d’artistes! collection that features the work of the late American artist Jean Michel Basquiat.
The T-shirt features a print of one of Basquiat’s Autoportraits, created in 1983 and taken from the designer Agnès B’s personal art collection. It is available for both men and women.
Agnès B was not only a collector of Basquiat’s work but a friend of his as well. She met him in a cafe in Paris in the 1980s, where they shared a pizza together.
In a 2015 interview with Another magazine she spoke about the meeting in detail:
“I was introduced to Jean-Michel Basquiat at his last exhibition at the Yvon Lambert gallery in spring 1986. He was magnificent, with his hair up in three clumps, one in the middle and one on each side, like in Warhol’s polaroid. He was wearing a brown suit. All eyes were on him. Then he said to me, 'So that’s you!' When I left the gallery a quarter of an hour later, someone called to me from the restaurant opposite – 'Agnès, Agnès!' He was waiting for me. We talked for two hours. I forgot my invitation to dinner with my friend Jean-Charles de Castelbajac. A few months later, I found out that he had died. I was so upset.”
Agnès B’s T.shirts d’artistes! collection began in 1994 with a T-shirt from the American Cuban-born artist Félix González-Torres with the motto “Nobody owns me”. Since then, the brand has printed T-shirts featuring works by artists such as Gilbert and George, William Klein and Jonas Mekas.