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Dog Bite/ Ax to Grind

Dog Bite/ Ax to Grind

Jean-Michel Basquiat (in 1983)

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At the end of the 'seventies, Jean-Michel Basquiat was still wandering the streets of Lower Manhattan, where he scrawled short poetic texts and strange symbols on the walls. Andy Warhol introduced him to the New York art scene, where the graffiti were recognised by several galleries as a vital and expressive new art form. American graffiti artists, who started with spray cans on walls and subways, were now being contracted by galleries to work on artist canvas. Basquiat was also introduced to the market as an artist and became one of the greatest names in graffiti art. The spontaneous and expressive character of his work was not only inspired by graffiti but also by the Art Brut of Jean Dubuffet, the paintings of Picasso and the shapes of primitive art. In 1984, an exhibition of the work of Basquiat was held in Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum.

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Title Dog Bite/ Ax to Grind
Material and technique Acrylic on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Thickness 3.5 cm
Height 152.3 cm
Width 305 cm
Artists Kunstenaar: Jean-Michel Basquiat
Accession number 3097 (MK)
Credits Aankoop / Purchase: 1984
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1984
Age artist About 23 years old
Internal exhibitions Kunst van formaat. De collectie XL vanaf de jaren vijftig (2018)
Vierendertig honden voor meneer en mevrouw Okkens (2012)
External exhibitions God save the Queen (2012)
Geographical origin The United States of America > North America > America

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Jean-Michel Basquiat

New York 1960 - New York 1988

Jean Michel Basquiat's mother was Puerto Rican and his father was of Haitian descent. In 1977, Basquiat began spraying graffiti on the walls of Manhattan, where...

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