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Hollywood Africans In Front Of The Chinese Theatre With Footprints Of Movie Stars

Hollywood Africans In Front Of The Chinese Theatre With Footprints Of Movie Stars
Unsigned Print

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Screenprint, 1983
Unsigned Print Edition of 60
H 97cm x W 214cm

Critical Review

The different pace of life in Los Angeles offered fresh perspectives and a re-invigorated approach. Fred Hoffman writes: “Although this served his incredible capacity to process the world around him, it did not serve his stability or physical well being. In the removed environment of Venice, he seemed to find a security and solitude. Away from New York, this emergent talent was able to get on with his mission with significantly less distraction.”

In this print, we see Basquiat depicted together with close friends Toxic and Ramellzee. The image, with its exaggerated stereotypes of Blackness, point to the restrictive and demeaning depictions of people of colour in the history of American film.