Jean-Michel Basquiat

Superheroes Portfolio, 1982-87/2022

Screen print on paper
From an edition of 85
Stamped by artist's estate, Stamped and signed by Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Heriveaux, the artist’s sisters and administrators of the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat.
40 × 40 inches (101.6 × 101.6 cm.)
Very Good
Private Collection
New York
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Jean-Michel Basquiat, an influential artist of the 20th century, delved into the realm of superheroes in his portfolio of works. Drawing inspiration from comic books, popular culture, and his own personal experiences, Basquiat created a series of artworks that explored themes of power, identity, and societal struggles. In his unique and expressive style, Basquiat incorporated vibrant colors, bold brushwork, and fragmented symbols to portray the complexity of the superhero archetype. Through his portfolio, Basquiat challenged traditional notions of heroism and delved into the human condition, exploring the dichotomy between strength and vulnerability.

Basquiat's portrayal of superheroes in his works captures the essence of the cultural fascination with these iconic figures. He deconstructs and recontextualizes the superhero imagery, infusing it with his own subversive and thought-provoking narratives. Through the juxtaposition of text, symbols, and abstract forms, Basquiat questions the idolization of superheroes and the power structures they represent. His portfolio of works titled "Superheroes" serves as a testament to his ability to engage with popular culture while simultaneously offering a critical commentary on society's reliance on mythologies of power and the human desire for extraordinary figures.

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