'Crown (#8)' by Jean-Michel Basquiat (after), 2021
From Be@rbrick x Medicom Toy.
Based on the legendary street artist's original work 'Crown' from 1982.
Officially licensed figure by the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat.
400% figure (11 Inches tall) +
100% figure (2.8 Inches tall)
11.8 x 7.9 x 4.7 Inches (box)
Collectible painted vinyl figure set.
Limited Edition (Sold Out).
Comes new in original, unopened, branded box.
ABOUT THE ART
Jean-Michel Basquiat was an American artist of Haitian and Puerto Rican descent. He was one of the most influential American artists and focused on “suggestive dichotomies,” including integration versus segregation, wealth versus poverty, and inner versus outer experience. He is considered to be the founder of the neo-expressionism movement.
Since introducing the crown symbol in his work, the motif started to frequently appear in his new creations, underlying his artistic prowess and the history of fine art.
The use of the crown was inspired by a now changed logo of King World Productions, which syndicated one of Basquiat’s favorite shows called The Little Rascals. Speaking about how Basquiat was hooked up on the logo, his former girlfriend and roommate stated that Basquiat..."watched the Little Rascals religiously, and Our Gang, which was the show that aired before. At the end of The Little Rascals, if you notice, there is a crown – sketched on the screen – and a title: King World Productions.”
The first crown appeared in his Red Kings (1981).
It is clearly evident, to some extent, that Basquiat used the crown to:
- Depict himself as a king.
- Acknowledge the people who influence him
- To portray his ambition to become great.