Untitled (1984) by Jean-Michel Basquait

Untitled - Jean-Michel Basquait - 1984

Artwork Information

TitleUntitled
ArtistJean-Michel Basquait
Date1984
MediumAcrylic, oil paintstick, and silkscreen on Canvas
Dimensions88 x 77 in (223.5 x 195.6 cm)
Current LocationEstate of Jean-Michel Basquiat
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About Untitled

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled painting, created in 1984, is a significant artwork that showcases his signature raw gestural style of painting with graffiti-like images and scrawled text. The piece features bold strokes and the use of vibrant colors to deliver a message without resorting to conventional figuration.

Basquiat was an artist who achieved international stardom by 1984. He was known for his ability to elevate graffiti and street art into the New York gallery scene. His works, including Flexible (1983), Horn Players (1983), Pez Dispenser (1984), and Self-Portrait (1984), have been widely celebrated as some of the most innovative paintings of his time.

Inspiration behind Basquait’s art came from art history, the streets of 1980s New York, and the tumultuous pop culture landscape of that era. His works incorporated themes such as identity politics, black history, race relations, power structures, capitalism and corruption – all reflected in engagingly dynamic ways that has continued to resonate with audiences today.

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