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Anatomy, Anterior View

Anatomy, Anterior View
Signed Print

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Screenprint, 1982
Signed Print Edition of 18

Critical Review

The lines used to indicate different bones, whilst emblematic of the drawings’ diagrammatic quality, echoes the extensive use of arrows and abstract lines in the artist’s body of work, such as in Ascent.

Even though Basquiat labels each body part which he draws in this x-ray-like image, there are traces of omissions and erroneous strokes, with an ‘a’ being omitted from ‘phalanges’ and an errant line beside the ‘radius’ annotation. This is the merest suggestion of the lexical experimentation and textual rupture which features heavily in Basquiat’s canvases.

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