In 1981, Artforum published The Radiant Child about Basquiat, which brought him to the attention of the mainstream art world. In the subsequent years, Basquiat's persona and notoriety grew to near-mythic proportions. At the same time, he was producing highly developed and groundbreaking work that often centered on dualities and dichotomies such as wealth versus poverty, integration versus segregation, and inner versus outer experience.
Basquiat's work is simultaneously figurative and abstract, utilizing handwritten text and images to create powerful constructions of social commentary. His work often addresses issues of race and class, and offers an ongoing critique of colonialism, powers structures, and "bourgeois values."
Supreme, along with the Basquiat Estate, is proud to release a collection of items highlighting Basquiat's artwork and legacy.
Available in-store in NY, LA, and London, and online September 26th.