Jean-Michel Basquiat

Per Capita, 1982/2001

Screenprint in colors on Saunders 410 Hot Press watercolor paper
Numbered in pencil from an edition of 85
Signed in pencil on the verso by Gerard Basquiat, the administrator of the artist's estate, and dated 11-19-01 , with the estate stamp on the verso. Printed by Brand X Editions, published by DeSanctis Carr Fine Art.
40 x 40 inches (101.6 x 1016 cm.)
Very Good
Private Collection
New York
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Jean-Michel Basquiat, an indelible force in the art world of the 1980s, carved a distinctive niche with his bold, expressive style and poignant social commentary. Emerging from the vibrant streets of New York City, Basquiat's journey from street graffiti artist to revered painter was marked by his unapologetic exploration of race, identity, and urban life. Born in Brooklyn in 1960, Basquiat's art captured the raw energy and cultural dynamism of his surroundings, blending elements of street art with a sophisticated understanding of art history and contemporary issues. In 1982, amidst his meteoric rise to fame, Basquiat unveiled "Per Capita," a masterpiece that exemplifies his unparalleled vision and profound engagement with societal themes.

"Per Capita," executed in Basquiat's trademark frenetic style, is a captivating tableau of symbolism and abstraction. At the heart of the composition lies a figure, rendered with bold strokes and primal energy, its presence commanding attention amidst a sea of enigmatic symbols and gestural marks. Through layers of paint and cryptic imagery, Basquiat invites viewers to ponder the complexities of human existence, exploring themes of power, wealth, and inequality. "Per Capita" stands as a testament to Basquiat's enduring legacy, a testament to his ability to provoke thought and spark dialogue through his art, challenging viewers to confront the realities of the world around them.

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