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Ernok

Ernok
Unsigned Print

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Screenprint, 2001
Unsigned Print Edition of 85
H 102cm x W 102cm

Critical Review

The letters of the name ‘Ernok’ are broken down in the top right of the print, redolent of graffiti duo SAMO’s orthographical experimentation on the walls of New York City. Moreover, the breaking down of the name evokes the way in which Basquiat broke down the SAMO name to a single S, often accompanied by a crown, in his later works.

The incompleteness of the body in Ernok recalls bell hooks’ comment that much of Basquiat’s work evokes a fear of violence and oppression: “They speak of dread, of terror, of being torn apart, ravished. Commodified, appropriated, made to “serve” the interests of white masters, the black body as Basquiat shows it is incomplete, not fulfilled, never a full image”.