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Jean-Michel Basquiat’s prolific paintings of African American athletes and cultural heroes are among the most personally and politically charged works in his ephemeral yet vast oeuvre. In the figure of Jackie Robinson, Basquiat recognized a resilient hero and a captivating icon of self-made success. Robinson was an athletic champion who managed to triumph against all odds in the form of deep-rooted racial prejudices of the 1950s. This was a heroic figure that Basquiat truly identified with, growing up as a young man of Haitian and Puerto Rican heritage with incomparable artistic talent, challenging the predominantly white world of the competitive art scene. The present lot, Baseball, 1981, is one of Basquiat’s first images of the famed ball player, and one that predates most of his “famous negro athletes”; it is also a metaphorical self-portrait of Basquiat as a defiant competitor of his day.

Baseball - Jean-Michel Basquiat - Neo Expressionist Painting

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Jean-Michel Basquiat’s prolific paintings of African American athletes and cultural heroes are among the most personally and politically charged works in his ephemeral yet vast oeuvre. In the figure of Jackie Robinson, Basquiat recognized a resilient hero and a captivating icon of self-made success. Robinson was an athletic champion who managed to triumph against all odds in the form of deep-rooted racial prejudices of the 1950s. This was a heroic figure that Basquiat truly identified with, growing up as a young man of Haitian and Puerto Rican heritage with incomparable artistic talent, challenging the predominantly white world of the competitive art scene. The present lot, Baseball, 1981, is one of Basquiat’s first images of the famed ball player, and one that predates most of his “famous negro athletes”; it is also a metaphorical self-portrait of Basquiat as a defiant competitor of his day.

Jean-Michel Basquiat emerged from the "Punk" scene in New York as a gritty, street-smart graffiti artist who successfully crossed over from his "downtown" origins to the international art gallery circuit. In a few fast-paced years, Basquiat swiftly rose to become one of the most celebrated, and possibly most commercially exploited American "naif" painters of the widely celebrated Neo-Expressionism art movement.   Basquiat's work is one of the few examples of how an early 1980s American Punk, or graffiti-based and counter-cultural practice could become a fully recognized, critically embraced and popularly celebrated artistic phenomenon, indeed not unlike the rise of American Hip Hop during the same era.

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