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.
What is the meaning of the dog being aggresive?
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered
Hi Lianne, an aggressive dog is kind of threatening, and this thread can be used as a motive to be aggressive yourself too. It is difficult to define the exact meaning of the motives, language and titles of Basquiats work. They are personal (maybe the artist was bitten, literally of metaphorically) and universal at the same time. It is important to be open, and see what a motive like this can mean for your own life. I hope this is helpful. Kind regards, Els
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|Title||Dog Bite/ Ax to Grind|
|Material and technique||Acrylic on canvas|
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
|Location||This object is travelling|
Height 152,3 cm
Width 305 cm
Thickness 3,5 cm
|Accession number||3097 (MK)|
|Credits||Aankoop / Purchase: 1984|
|Creation date||in 1983|
|Entitled parties||© Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. c/o Pictoright Amsterdam, 2022|
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|Geographical origin||The United States of America > North America > America|
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All about the artist
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...Bekijk het volledige profiel