1984 was a good year for Basquiat. Not only was he getting tons of recognition in the art world, he was also riding high on the success of side projects such as "Beat Bop" - an early hip-hop single he produced that would eventually be labeled the "holy grail" of rap records. However, 1984 was also the year that Basquiat was given his first solo exhibition at the Mary Boone Gallery in New York, where he showed a number of previously unseen works. Among them, was "Wine of Babylon." Featuring cartoonish, almost child-like depictions of several prominent "Alice in Wonderland" characters, including a black man representing the Mad Hatter, the popular belief is that, through this piece, Basquiat was commenting on the dominance of whites in America's popular culture... and that popular culture spills over into modern times as Kidrobot continues to transfer these works of art onto their seminal platform, the Dunny!
Pulled from the acclaimed Dunny series of 2018, Kidrobot x Jean-Michael Basquiat has taken the Wine of Babylon Dunny and created a masterpiece. Standing at 8-inches tall and limited to 500 pieces worldwide, the Jean-Michel Basquiat Wine of Babylon 8-Inch Masterpiece Dunny Vinyl Figure is a must have for any Dunny or Jean Michel Basquiat collector.
Jean-Michel Basquiat was a Neo-Expressionist painter in the 1980s. He is best known for his primitive style and his collaboration with pop artist Andy Warhol.
Who Was Jean-Michel Basquiat?
Jean-Michel Basquiat was born on December 22, 1960, in Brooklyn, New York. He first attracted attention for his graffiti under the name "SAMO" in New York City. He sold sweatshirts and postcards featuring his artwork on the streets before his painting career took off. He collaborated with Andy Warhol in the mid-1980s, which resulted in a show of their work. Basquiat died on August 12, 1988, in New York City.
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