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Medicom Toy - Jean-Michel Basquiat Bearbrick Ver. 2 - 1000%

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Medicom Toy
$3,000
Color
Gold

Medicom Toy’s collaboration with the Jean-Michel Basquiat Estate again to produce this Jean-Michel Basquiat Bearbrick Ver. 2 in the size version 1000% featuring the iconic intuitive patterns of one of the most influential 20th-century American Graffiti Artists of the New York School. 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. Such is the case for example of Basquiat's work the Irony of Negro Policeman, created in 1981, where he attempts to express the control and subconscious influence casted upon the minds of African-Americans. Jean-Michel Basquiat's works eloquently expressed his ideas of  African-Americans being brainwashed through institutionalized, corrupt forms of power in America even years after Jim Crow had ended. More details on Medicom Toy - Jean-Michel Basquiat Bearbrick Ver. 2 - 1000%:

  • "Believe it or not, I can actually draw."
  • Dimensions: ver. 1000% – 27.5″H inches
  • Weight: 11.75 lbs
  • BE@RBRICK TM & © 2001-2018
  • © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York.
  • Produced and Manufactured by: MEDICOM TOY CORPORATION. All rights reserved.
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Basquiat
Jean-Michel Basquiat was a New York City born and raised artist, musician, and producer. As part of the street art group named SAMO, Basquiat took advantage of a larger exposure of his art. Their art was known for their enigmatic epigrams displayed throughout the streets of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Basquiat art style focused on themes such as wealth versus poverty, integration versus segregation. His unique combination of text and image contributed to his fame. His pieces, such as Irony of Negro Policeman, were strongly political and direct in their address of power structure and systems of racism. Basquiat’s young life ended tragically at the age of 27. However, hundreds of artists still honor his risky and subversive artistic insight. His countercultural focus helped usher in the idea that street art was, in fact, real art. Moreover, his social commentary has had a lasting and powerful effect.

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