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Unsigned Print

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Screenprint, 1983
Unsigned Print Edition of 85
H 102cm x W 102cm

Critical Review

Not only does the piece evoke the notion that materialism and the cult of profit is akin to a religious belief system, but also highlights an inevitable circularity and a sense of the irrepressibility of the past and its resurfacing. The linear relationship between past, present and future is constantly contested in Basquiat’s work. This notion relates strongly to his involvement in music which meshed jazz, bebop and hip-hop together to create a futuristic, fast-paced sound (as evidenced on the landmark single ‘Beat Bop’) which bridged the music of the past and that of the future.