Boxer Rebellion (After Basquiat)
- medium Screenprint in colors on BFK Rives paper
- edition 42/60
- size 39.50w x 29.00h in
- created 2018
COA: This work comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from West Chelsea Contemporary.
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
Additional Info: “Arguably one of the most important artists of the century, the present work was produced by the artist’s estate after his death in an attempt to immortalize some of his most important paintings and works on paper. Comprising all that is great of Basquiat, the work is fraught with movement and an organized chaos that is signature to the artist’s oeuvre. However dense the work may appear, it is filled with convoluted triggers of a man so torn yet desperately trying to call attention to the racial and class struggles of the times.” — Lauren Whitton, Specialist, Prints & Multiples
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.
The present work is accompanied by a signed certificate from the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. It is also signed and stamped on the reverse by the administrators of the Estate.