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Cabeza – Jean-Michel Basquiat

Cabeza, 1982/2004

12 color screenprint

54 1/2 x 40 inches

Edition of 85

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Jean-Michel Basquiat, an American artist of Haitian and Puerto Rican descent, emerged in the late 1970s and early 1980s as one of the most significant figures in the neo-expressionist movement. His art, characterized by raw, powerful imagery and scrawled text, delves into themes such as identity, race, class, and the complexities of the human experience. Basquiat began his artistic career as a graffiti artist under the tag “SAMO” before transitioning to painting on canvas, where his work quickly gained recognition for its depth and complexity.

Basquiat’s paintings are a fusion of words, symbols, and figures, drawing on a wide range of influences including African art, jazz, poetry, and his own Caribbean heritage. His work often features skeletal figures, masks, and cryptic messages that critique social inequalities and racism. The crown motif, recurring in his paintings, symbolizes both his aspiration to greatness and a recognition of the achievements of black people in a predominantly white art world.

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