Jean-Michel Basquiat

Rinso, 2001

Screenprint in colors, on wove paper, numbered, signed and dated in pencil on the reverse by the artist's father, Gerard Basquiat, from an edition of 85 (there were also 15 artist's proofs), published by De Sanctis Carr Fine Art
40 x 40 inches (101.6 x 101.6 cm.)
Very Good
Private Collection
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Renowned for his role as a political-poetical graffiti artist, Basquiat's artistic legacy is defined by his Neo-Expressionist and Primitivism aesthetic. Through his dynamic fusion of words and symbols, Basquiat intricately weaves elements of his cultural heritage, presenting a compelling social commentary on issues like racial segregation and the sense of alienation. His deliberately loosely defined and abstracted images capture a sense of fragmentation and internal turmoil, embodying a profound exploration of the human psyche.

Jean-Michel Basquiat was a trailblazer in the art world, leaving an indelible mark with his distinct visual language that blended street art and fine art. Rising from the vibrant New York City scene of the 1980s, Basquiat's work transcended traditional artistic boundaries, addressing themes of race, identity, and societal inequalities. His signature style, characterized by bold brushwork, dynamic compositions, and a complex interplay of text and imagery, continues to captivate audiences and inspire artists worldwide.

Basquiat's prints from 1982 to 2001 offer a unique insight into his creative evolution and his mastery of multiple mediums. These prints encapsulate his raw energy and his ability to condense powerful messages into his art. Rinso (pictured above) serves as a great example of a window into Basquiat's mind, inviting viewers to grapple with the complex interplay of history, identity, and urban life. This work is a testament to Basquiat's genius and his enduring impact on contemporary art.

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