Boxer Rebellion (After Basquiat)

  • medium Screenprint in colors on BFK Rives paper
  • edition 42/60
  • size 39.50w x 29.00h in
  • created 2018
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COA: This work comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Flatiron Editions, signed by the Estate of Jean-Michell Basquiat.
Exhibition History: Austin, West Chelsea Contemporary, Concrete to Canvas, November-December 2020
Published by: Flatiron Editions, New York, pub.
Additional Information: Signed and dated in pencil by Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Herivaux, the artist’s sisters and administrators of the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, with the Estate stamp on the reverse; numbered in pencil

Executed in 1982 and reproduced in conjunction with the artist’s estate in 2018, Boxer Rebellion is a striking example of Basquiat’s characteristic scrawl in text and image. Based on a work on paper, Boxer Rebellion depicts two boxers engaged in a brawl with a number of references to the sport as well as the Chinese Boxer Rebellion. Famous black athletes, such as Cassius Clay (also known as Mohammad Ali), appear with frequency throughout Basquiat’s work, using these powerful black figures to comment on the omnipresent racial and class struggle. Known as a political-poetical graffiti artist, Basquiat represents elements of his cultural heritage as a social commentary on racial segregation and alienation.