Basquiat, Wolf, Galerie-Jeanne-Muenchen
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Wolf Sausage’

Screenprint on Somerset Satin
1982 / 83-2019
Edition 34/50
56 x 76 cm / framed approx. 100 x 120 cm
Numbered and signed on the reverse by Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Herivaux

The American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat was the first African American artist whose paintings and drawings were accepted by the white art world of his time


Jean-Michel Basquiat’s works of art are very popular with international art collectors. They are counted among the most important works of art of the 20th century.

The Afro-American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat was one of the first artists whose paintings and drawings were accepted early on in the „white art world“.

Basquiat had American role models like Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Jackson Pollock or Roy Lichtenstein among others he also studied Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s works, which, due to their artistic immediacy, take place directly on the image carrier, are assigned to Neo-Expressionism through this way of working. They contain everything that Basquiat found in daily life and that he could quote in his works. We find signs, words, numbers, symbols, sketches, logos, map fragments and pictograms or – as the artist Basquiat himself always emphasized – “facts”!

AND: Basquiat’s earlier pictorial ideas always flow back into his work – quotations from his own works appear. Every work of art by Jean-Michel Basquiat that you find in the Galerie Jeanne in downtown Munich always contains an approach from earlier works. The early collaboration with Andy Warhol is evident in many works of art.

Built up in layers, everything could remain with Basquiat’s works of art, or everything could be painted over again up to the fragmentary quotation.

In the history of art, viewers felt reminded of African folk art. Indeed, the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat brings together artifacts from his own lifetime in his works.


Jean-Michel Basquiat himself felt like „part of graffiti art“


The attempt to classify him as a „graffiti artist“ was not enough. Jean-Michel Basquiat himself felt himself to be “part of graffiti art”, which was typical of his time. The artist Basquiat’s self-image was not that of a painter, he saw himself as a “writer” and his works as notes of what he himself experienced, found and processed or of what was questioned. The art historiography of the eighties understood his art as graffiti art or neo-expressionism, which looks past the strongly content-bound and very meaningful, almost speaking works of the artist.

Basquiat was ahead of his time in artistic creation: everything he interpreted pictorially was the reality that he experienced and transferred to his image carrier.

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