Pez Dispenser, 1984
Basquiat's icons - the dinosaur and the crown
Before Basquiat rose to become one of the most significant artists of the 20th century, his work was already legendary on the streets of downtown NYC. Under the tag SAMO, his poetic and poignant symbols established a visual vocabulary that continues to inspire new generations of graffiti artists to this day. The dinosaur and the crown are two of Basquiat’s personal icons, both energetic, fun and unmistakable figures. Their juxtaposition highlights the paradox that the artist cultivated throughout his short and influential life: the crown of a young successful Afro-American artist who embraced pop culture but who simultaneously could not part with the dark notions of death and decay in depicting skulls and bones, here, a ferocious extinct monster.
Pez, the sweets dispenser is a clear reference to the 80s popular culture in America.
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|Size||80 x 20 x 0.7 cm|
|Material||maple wood, 7 ply|
|Signed||Top-print includes printed signature of the artist|