Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
Red Rabbit, 1982
Acrylic and oilstick on canvas
64 x 69 in. (162.6 x 175.3 cm.)
Acrylic, oilstick, resin, paper and canvas collage on canvas
167.6 x 152.4 cm (65 7/8 x 60 in.)
Executed circa 1984.
A study in colour and abstraction, Untitled (Velveeta), 1984 epitomises Jean-Michel Basquiat’s distinctly feverish visual repertoire. Bringing together disparate iconographic fields, Untitled (Velveeta) merges figurative expression, abstract forms, street vernacular and mathematic signs. Executed in acrylic, oilstick, resin and paper and canvas collage on canvas, the present work exemplifies Basquiat’s prodigious ability to conjure pictorial complexity on a single plane. From the estate of the artist, Untitled (Velveeta) is a rare masterwork by the artist who, until his tragic and untimely death in 1988, revolutionised the medium of painting and the history of contemporary art itself.
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