American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat had a short career, and after going from being homeless, the man known for his graffiti, gained nation-wide recognition in a short number of years. After rising to fame – selling paintings for up to $25,000 a pop – Basquiat died at age 28 from a heroine overdose.
In his short life, the neo-expressionist produced around 1500 drawings, 600 paintings and a mix of multi-media works. Now, his Estate has released an 18-colour screen print titled “Boxer Rebellion,” set to go on sale from Wednesday, September 26.
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The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat is pleased to announce the release of a new 18-color Basquiat screenprint titled "Boxer Rebellion" (1982-83 / 2018), published by Flatiron Editions. The edition of 60 will be available exclusively through Pace Prints starting on Wednesday September 26, 2018 at 12 noon EDT. Orders will be accepted exclusively by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, starting at noon exactly, and will be selected at random for a chance to purchase. Orders must contain your full name, billing address and callback number. No orders will be accepted in person or over the phone. Pricing will be tiered and will start at $35,000 USD. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "Boxer Rebellion," based on a work on paper created in 1982-83, depicts two boxers with stylized anatomical features exchanging blows, surrounded by references to boxing, the Chinese Boxer Rebellion, and related texts. The sport of boxing, famous black athletes and class struggle are recurring themes in Basquiat’s work, which along with his trademark use of symbols—seen here principally in the form of Chinese characters—and the use of repeated and crossed out text, makes for an archetypal work in both content and style. The posthumous release is stamped and signed by Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Heriveaux, the artist’s sisters and administrators of the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷 Detail from: Jean-Michel Basquiat “Boxer Rebellion” (1982-83 / 2018) · 18-Color Screenprint · 29 x 39 1/2 inches · Edition of 60
Like much of his work, Basquiat explored the concept of class and struggles of black athletes which has been depicted in this 1982 work. Featuring two cartoon boxers, the work is said to delve into references of the Chinese Boxer Rebellion, and related texts.
Facilitated by art publisher, Pace Prints, the edition of 60 prints will be available for bidding from this Wednesday. You will need to bid via email, and will be selected at random for a chance to purchase.
For more information on the sale, check out the above Instagram post, or visit the Pace Prints website.
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