Magic marker on paper, unsigned, with label from Charles Cowles Gallery. 12 x 9 in. (sheet), 26 x 20 in. (frame).Note: This work is accompanied by a certificate issued by the Authentication Committee of the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Art critic, poet and painter René Ricard (1946-2014) was a notorious aesthete and member of NY's contemporary art scene going back to the days of Andy Warhol's Factory. Ricard's essays for Art Forum magazine in the early 1980's were the catalyst for the careers of several emerging artists, including Jean-Michel Basquiat. Many consider his essay The Radiant Child", that propelled Basquiat into art-world prominence, to be a seminal text in contemporary art criticism."