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Art.com Launches Rare Collection of Prints by Graffiti Artist Turned Art World Sensation Jean-Michel Basquiat

Customers Will Enjoy Access to Rarely Seen Artworks by the Iconic Contemporary Artist

EMERYVILLE, Calif., Feb. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Art.com, the world's favorite place to discover and buy art, today unveiled a new, fine art print collection of rarely seen images by Jean-Michel Basquiat. The late Basquiat was the first African-American artist to break the white male stronghold on Conceptual art in the 1980s with his controversial drawings and paintings, including "Untitled, 1984" and "Untitled, 1981." Now, Art.com is offering consumers the chance to own these graphic and charged images for the first time.

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Although his career was brief—spanning just eight years—Basquiat quickly transformed from a teenage graffiti artist to one of the most influential artists of his generation, creating vibrant artwork through designs, symbols and texts that illuminated his perspective on class struggle, poverty and politics. He drew inspiration from cartoon drawings, world cultures and religious symbolism alike, and his contentious style earned praise from his famous peers including Andy Warhol, Madonna and visionary street artist Keith Haring.

"As part of our ongoing commitment to help art enthusiasts discover and experience art, Art.com has reached deep into the Basquiat Estate archives to handpick some of Jean-Michel Basquiat's most memorable images that have only been seen in museums and blue-chip galleries," said Ivy Ross, Chief Marketing Officer, Art.com Inc. "We are thrilled to offer this amazing collection of Basquiat's rarely seen images to our customers for the first time."

Art.com's complete Jean-Michel Basquiat collection has been carefully reproduced using the giclee printing process to maximize color accuracy and resolution. To explore the complete Jean-Michel Basquiat collection, please visit http://www.art.com/basquiat.

About Art.com Inc.
With more than 12 million customers in 120 countries worldwide, Art.com Inc. is the world's largest online specialty retailer of high-quality wall art. The company was founded in 1998 with one goal—to help people find the art they love so they can love their spaces more. Offering an unparalleled assortment of art images, Art.com's vision is to forever lead the way art is experienced and consumed. Art.com Inc. and its companies run four sites in the USA—Art.com, AllPosters.com, ArtistRising.com and Zenfolio.com—and have a strong international presence with 25 local sites in Europe, Japan, Canada, Australia, Mexico, and South America.

The company offers custom framing and specialty printing, interactive visualization tools to help people find the perfect piece of art for their space and an app for iPad called artCircles, that lets users explore art from a handpicked selection of curated collections. Art.com Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in Emeryville, CA, with other facilities in Ohio, North Carolina and the Netherlands. Art.com, We Are Art, YOU+ART and artCircles are trademarks of Art.com Inc. For more information, visit www.art.com

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