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Anatomy, 3 Views Of The Shoulder Joint Opened

Anatomy, 3 Views Of The Shoulder Joint Opened
Signed Print

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Screenprint, 1982
Signed Print Edition of 18

Critical Review

This apparent simplification of the shoulder joint could be interpreted as an attempt by the artist to rationalise the body’s complex workings. He was well aware of the physical limitations of his physical form as a result of suffering huge injuries in a car collision as a child, which required extensive surgery to remedy. This Anatomy print, although not entirely accurate in its anatomical depiction, demonstrates Basquiat's underlying fascination with the workings of the human body, which eventually became a crucial aspect of the artist's visual vocabulary.