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Unsigned Print Edition of 85
H 102cm x W 102cm
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|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|June 2017||Phillips London - United Kingdom||Rinso - Unsigned Print|
|June 2016||Phillips London - United Kingdom||Rinso - Unsigned Print|
|March 2016||Christie's London - United Kingdom||Rinso - Unsigned Print|
|December 2015||Dorotheum, Vienna - Austria||Rinso - Unsigned Print|
|April 2015||Christie's New York - United States||Rinso - Unsigned Print|
|November 2011||Bonhams New Bond Street - United Kingdom||Rinso - Unsigned Print|
|December 2010||Phillips New York - United States||Rinso - Unsigned Print|
Rinso is a screen print in colours by Jean-Michel Basquiat produced in 1982. In Rinso, the central figure is drawn in loose yet strident white marks, appearing to grit their teeth, with a tool raised in a clenched fist, perhaps depicting a protesting industrial or agricultural worker. The reference to ‘them shovels’ lends further evidence to this interpretation. The text across the chest of the figure reads ‘SLOGAN’ next to the copyright symbol, a motif which appears recurrently throughout Basquiat’s oeuvre in unexpected contexts.
Basquiat was intent on revealing society's paradoxes and contradictions. In this image we can observe an overarching tension between linear progress and fevers of demolition and reconstruction, manifested by the contrasts between the text reading ‘EVERLAST’ and ‘NEW RINSO’. Rinso is said to be ‘the greatest development in soap history’, contrasting against the social upheaval suggested by the protesting industrial worker. The squares which entrap the various textbites could at once represent soap bars and construction bricks.
The chaotic interplay of text and image in Rinso is emblematic of what Olivia Laing calls the “graphomaniac quality to almost all of Basquiat’s work”. She notes that “he liked to scribble, to amend, to footnote, to second-guess and to correct himself. Words jumped out at him, from the back of cereal boxes or subway ads, and he stayed alert to their subversive properties, their double and hidden meaning”.