Jean Michel Basquiat painting sold to Yusaku Maezawa for $110.5 million

Yusaku Maezawa, a 41-year-old billionaire from Japan paid $110.5 million for a 1982 painting "Untitled" from Jean-Michel Basquiat. The piece was originally bought in 1984 by collectors Jerry and Emily Spiegel for $19,000. Thats a price increase of $110,481,000. Obviously a big fan of Basquiat, Maezawa paid $57 million for another untitled Basquiat and in May 2016. Jean-Michel Basquiat was born in Brooklyn NY, he died August 12, 1988 (aged 27) in Manhattan.

Alameda Power Box

In 2014, Alameda Municipal Power and Park Street Business Association held a design contest to cover the Power Boxes located throughout the Park Street business area. I submitted 2 designs and I won the sweet location at the Alameda Marketplace. I visit the shops there often and love passing by "my" box. It's even better now, since they installed a seating area and patio around it, I've enjoyed lunch there a few times.

The image below shows the current patio area outside the Alameda Marketplace near the Bakery Entrance (on a rainy day). The 2nd image is my winning entry and the 3rd image is my other entry (did  not win).

The 2017 Alameda Calendar is sold out!

my inaugural 2017 Alameda Calendars were a success. totally sold out for this year. 

Thanks to all for buying up my 2017 Alameda Calendars. I was overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response at the Alameda Art Lab (Encinal), Modern Mouse (South Shore) and Books Inc. (Park St.). Iā€™m hard at work on 2018 versions for both Alameda and Oakland. Check back for updates!