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Books from the Brandhorst Collection


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Filmstills aus Mark Leckeys „Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore“ (1999) Exhibition series "Spot On"

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Portrait Achim Hochdörfer vor Lepanto Curator tour

At First Hand: On Cy Twombly (with Achim Hochdörfer)

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.

Further collection artworks

Cy Twombly Lepanto VI, 2001UAB 474
Cy Twombly Lepanto VI, 2001
Andy Warhol 1928–1987Shadows, ca. 1978
Andy Warhol Shadows, ca. 1978
Ed RuschaOld Book Back Then, 2011  UAB 830
Ed Ruscha Old Book Back Then, 2011
Cy Twombly Untitled (Lexington), 2002UAB 651
Cy Twombly Untitled (Lexington), 2002
Cy Twombly Untitled, 2003UAB 484
Cy Twombly Untitled, 2003
Andy Warhol Camouflage, 1986UAB 595
Andy Warhol Camouflage, 1986