About Basquiat Key Tray – Philistine 1982 – Diamond Supply
This polycarbonate Basquiat key tray represents one of Basquiat most famous paintings: Philistine. Philistines is another example of Basquiat art that can be seen as an attack on the people that came to surround him, the definition of Philistine is being a person who is unreceptive towards culture and the arts, while also having biblical references which were known to appear in the work of Basquiat. Philistines was originally created for a show in 1982 at the Fun Factory, where prices were set deliberately low as a protest against what he considered the exploitation of his work. This incredible piece was sold for just $570 with Jean-Michel Basquiat receiving no money from the sales.Like Andy Warhol and other Pop Artists, Basquiat eloquently critiqued the elitist pedestal of art through his popular culture references and immediately recognizable imagery. Basquiat also presented challenges to the institution of Art, along with the graffiti artist Keith Haring, who both served as intermediary artists attempting to bridge the academically-trained artistic production with that of the intuitive and non-traditional graffiti art. Born a naturally gifted child for the arts, Jean-Michel Basquiat impressed those around him with his early attempts at creation and found that his art was encouraged universally. Basquiat and his friend, Al Diaz, made names for themselves spray painting graffiti on buildings in Lower Manhattan, under the group-tag of SAMO (Same Old Shit) in 1976. Aside from challenging the institution of art, Basquiat is also known for raising awareness of socio-cultural and racial issues during his time. More details on Basquiat Key Tray – Philistine 1982 – Diamond Supply:
- Dimensions: 10″ x 7″ x 1.5″ Inches
- Weight: 1 lbs
- Material: Polycarbonate
- Color: Multi-Colored
- Artwork: Basquiat, Jean-Michel, Philistine (1982).
- © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Licensed by Artestar.