The Figure Portfolio, 1982/2023
The artwork bears the signatures of Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Heriveaux, Administrators of the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat on verso as well as the stamps of The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat
From an edition of 85
Each: 48 x 32 inches (121.9 x 81.3 cm.)
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Jean-Michel Basquiat, a prominent American artist of Haitian and Puerto Rican descent, left an indelible mark on the art world with his raw and expressive works. Born in 1960, Basquiat gained recognition in the early 1980s as a street artist in New York City. His portfolio of five artworks from 1982 titled "The Figures" exemplifies his unique artistic vision. Basquiat's signature style combined graffiti-like elements, vibrant colors, and text with profound cultural and social commentary. His works often tackled issues of race, identity, and inequality, reflecting his personal experiences and the broader urban environment in which he lived. "The Figures" series showcases Basquiat's ability to convey complex emotions and narratives through his striking visual language, making it a significant contribution to the Neo-expressionist movement of the era.
In "The Figures," Basquiat's powerful and enigmatic imagery takes center stage. The series features a collection of faces and figures rendered in his distinctive, frenetic style. Bold lines, cryptic symbols, and fragmented words and phrases create a sense of urgency and immediacy in the viewer. These artworks invite interpretation and contemplation, encouraging audiences to explore the complexities of human existence, race relations, and the chaos of contemporary urban life. Basquiat's ability to blend personal introspection with universal themes set "The Figures" apart as a testament to his artistic genius and enduring impact on the art world. His work continues to resonate with audiences today, reminding us of the enduring power of art to challenge and inspire.