The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat has announced the posthumous release of an 18-color screen print titled “Boxer Rebellion,” a work initially created in 1982-83. 60 prints of the piece will be going on sale this Wednesday, September 26, with offers starting from $35,000. If you’re interested in placing a bid, see the details in the listing from Pace Prints below.
As the listing also points out, Basquiat’s “Boxer Rebellion” “depicts two boxers with stylized anatomical features exchanging blows, surrounded by references to boxing, the Chinese Boxer Rebellion, and related texts. The sport of boxing, famous black athletes and class struggle are recurring themes in Basquiat’s work, which along with his trademark use of symbols—seen here principally in the form of Chinese characters—and the use of repeated and crossed out text, makes for an archetypal work in both content and style.”
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