Rotterdam: Galerie Delta, 1986.
Promotional poster for the 1986 "To Repeal Ghosts" exhibition at Gallerie Delta, a small show consisting of just four paintings acquired by Hans Sonnenberg, the owner of the gallery. It reproduces a painting by Basquiat of fellow artist Jack Walls. According to Walls, he and Basquiat had been shooting heroin all night and Basquiat invited him over to have his portrait painted. Like the poster Basquiat did for his 1982 show at Galerie Delta the print run for this poster was also going to be limited to 35 copies. However, this smaller poster was intended to be folded and mailed, but the thick paper used couldn't be folded without cracking so the project was abandoned and it's likely that not even 35 copies were done. This copy is Galerie Delta's File Copy found in Hans Sonnenberg's archive upon his death, and it's the copy exhibited at "Basquiat: The Artist and His New York Scene," the European premiere of this showing of early work by Basquiat and his contemporaries that took place in Heerlen in 2019. Very few copies of this poster have surfaced and this is the first one we've ever seen or handled. A fine, fresh copy (small, inoffensive bend to upper left margin that doesn't break the surface). Measures 16.5" x 8.25". A true Basquiat rarity, arguably his rarest poster.