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(after) Jean-Michel Basquiat



Authenticated by the Basquiat Foundation. PP 3/5 outside the edition of 85. Published by Flatiron Editions, New York. Over the course of his tragically short life, Jean-Michel Basquiat created some of the twentieth century’s most arresting artwork. In “Flexible”, he depicts the figure of a griot, a West-African storyteller, entertainer, and holder of oral history. Basquiat’s fascination with human anatomy is on display in his inclusion of lungs and muscle tissue, and his choice of subject is demonstrative of his concern with black history and non-Western forms of knowledge. Basquiat was interested in the position of the artist in relationship to their communities, and he strived to showcase the lives of people often overlooked by the artistic establishment. The original work, upon which this piece is based, fetched $45.3 million at Phillips May, 2018 sale.


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    H 60.25 in. x W 45.5 in.

    H 153.04 cm x W 115.57 cm

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    Santa Fe, NM
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