Academic Study Of The Male Figure

Academic Study Of The Male Figure
Signed Print

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Screenprint, 1983
Signed Print Edition of 20
H 97cm x W 75cm

Critical Review

Elements of the image transform before the viewer’s eyes. Subverting this focus on the body are the annotations that encroach on the body itself, such as the text reading ‘pecho’ on the figure’s abdomen. Body hair morphs into bubbles produced from rinso soap alongside flashes reading ‘NEW’, recalling the dark parodic edge of the artist’s canvas ‘Rinso’. ‘Goosefoot’ is crossed out - on the prevalence of crossing out in his works, Basquiat has noted: “Sometimes I just want to retract it. It might stick out a little too much - the words. So a line blends it into the rest of the painting at times.”