About Basquiat Bearbrick – Medicom Toy – Set of 2 (400% and 100%) – Version #8
This Medicom Toy Bearbrick is version #8 of Basquiat’s collectible Bearbricks using Jean-Michel Basquiat’s emblematic crown. Initially, Basquiat’s first painting featuring a crown was on Red Kings (1981). The artist’s work is influenced by a pantheon of luminaries from jazz, boxing, and basketball, with references to arcane history and the politics of street life—so when asked about his subject matter, Basquiat answered “royalty, heroism and the streets. Beyond many interpretations on why Basquiat utilized this crown as his trademark and signature, the most famous interpretation was the crown expressed power and respect. ” As the artist used to say, ” It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.”
- Dimensions: 4″ x 4″ x 11.05″ inches
- Weight: 2.65 lbs
- Produced and Manufactured: Medicom Toy Corporation. All rights reserved.
- BE@RBRICK & 2001-2022
- © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat Licensed by ARTESTAR, New York
About Jean-Michel Basquiat
Spraying caustic comments and fragmented poems on the walls of the city and synonymous with New York in the 1980s, the artist first appeared in the late 1970s under the tag SAMO as part of a thriving underground scene of visual arts and graffiti, hip-hop, post-punk, and DIY filmmaking, which met in a booming art world. In 1983 he started collaborating with the most famous of art stars, Andy Warhol, and in 1985 was on the cover of The New York Times Magazine. Using his artwork and his strong voice, Basquiat soon broke into the established milieu, exhibiting in galleries around the world. The artist’s expressive style was based on raw figures and integrated words and phrases. By the time of Basquiat’s death at the age of 27, he had become one of the most successful artists of his time.