In Italian Box by Jean-Michel Basquiat

In Italian (1983)
hinged lacquered box with fabric inlay and felt lining
8 x 8 x 4 inches
© Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat
Licensed by Artestar, New York
Custom gift box

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OBJECT DESCRIPTION


This Artware exclusive pairs Jean-Michel Basquiat's iconic  In Italian (1983) with a beautifully hand-crafted lacquer box. The felt lining makes it perfect for storing jewelry and other special personal items, or  simply throw your keys and change in it.  It also comes in an elegant custom box for easy gifting.

Jean-Michel Basquiat (American, 1960 - 1988) rose to prominence in the 1980s with his neo-expressionist paintings but his oeuvre really began with the street art he made in New York City’s Lower East Side in the mid-1970s.  There he developed his improvisational style that appropriates symbols and references from a wide range of sources including music, religion, and history combined with cultural and political commentary to explore the meaning of being African American in contemporary society. His iconic In Italian includes many of these word and symbols - like “crown of thorns,” “corpus,” and images of human anatomy - which point to some of these central themes concerning the individual, religion and mortality.