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Jean-Michel Basquiat

Ohne Titel

  • Translated titleUntitled
  • Year1983
  • Material3 parts; acrylic and oilstick on canvas
  • Dimensions243.8 x 62 cm
  • Year of acquisition2001
  • Inventory numberUAB 20
  • On viewGround floor

More about the artwork

At first glance, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s paintings are reminiscent of graffiti. His pictorial language is restless and sketch-like. This triptych presents us with text fragments, layers of paint, crosshatchings, loosely-drawn forms, bodies, and especially skulls, whose depiction bears witness to Basquiat’s obsessive study of anatomy textbooks. The female body on the left panel was inspired by Pablo Picasso’s “Les Desmoiselles d’Avignon” (1907) — an icon of modern art which, in turn, drew upon African art forms. Figures such as Nero, Icarus, Miles Davis, and Marco Polo, whose names populate Basquiat’s paintings, also offer a glimpse into his artistic horizon, which ranges from European art and cultural history to African-American counterculture. Basquiat makes use of these disparate elements in his work, evoking jazz’s strategies of improvisation. He absorbs White cultural history, and thus confidently asserts his own place within it as an artist of color.

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Arthur JafaMickey Mouse was a Scorpio (2017)UAB / JAF 02/17
Arthur Jafa Mickey Mouse was a Scorpio, 2017
Andy Warhol, Hammer and Sickle, 1976, UAB 547aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Andy Warhol Hammer and Sickle, 1976
Arthur Jafa, Monster (2018), UAB \
Arthur Jafa Monster, 1988/2019
Cy Twombly, Untitled (Lexington), 2001, UAB 650aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (Lexington), 2001
Cy Twombly, Untitled (Rome), 1953/1989, UAB 434aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (Rome), 1953/1989
Jeff Koons *1955, Amore, 1988, UAB258aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Jeff Koons Amore, 1988