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ETNIA
BARCELONA
MEETS
JEAN-MICHEL
BASQUIAT

IN BRIEF
JEAN MICHEL
BASQUIAT

FROM STREETS
TO GALLERIES

JEAN-MICHEL STARTED AS A STREET ARTIST FOCUSING ON GRAFFITI AS A CREATIVE OUTLET LATER ON SHAPING HIS NEVER ENDING CURIOSITY INTO STUDIO AND GALLERY FORMATS

 

ETNIA BARCELONA, WHICH TAKES ITS INSPIRATION FROM CULTURAL MOVEMENTS, PRESENTS ITS NEW COLLECTION, AN HOMAGE TO ARTIST JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT

Jean-Michel Basquiat was born in New York in 1960, the son of a respectable accountant and a prestigious graphic designer. Already in his youth, he came into contact with the great city’s subculture.

Basquiat quickly left behind his roots in conceptual graffiti to exhibit in art galleries. Famous at 20, he revolutionised the New York art world in the eighties. He reached international fame thanks to powerful and expressive works that addressed themes like racism, politics, and social hypocrisy. Up today his work continues to have enormous influence.

 

Etnia Barcelona, having built its story through meditations on icons in the worlds of art and photography, takes on the maximum expression of the world of graffiti and street art with this collection, which also includes references to jazz, rap, punk, pop culture, and comics. Transferring them to an exclusive collection of sunglasses made up of three models displaying patterns constructed based on three original works by the artist that make eVach of the models in this capsule a unique piece, differentiated from the others, with a common denominator consisting of three vertices recalling the three points of his iconic crown, his artistic legacy.

 

Like the works of Basquiat, this collection transmits the transgressive, powerful, and emotional aspects of his work that made the artist one of the most important figures in the culture and art of today.

UNIQUE
ARTWORK
UNIQUE
PATTERNS


  • Fallen Angel

  • Glenn

  • In this Case

BASQUIAT ´ S WORK TRANSMITS THE LANGUAGE AND SYMBOLISM OF THE STREET; IMAGES THAT PAY TRIBUTE TO ROYALTY, HEROISM, AND THE STREET ITSELF. TRANSFERRING THIS COMPLEXITY TO WORKS BURSTING WITH COLOUR AND LAYERS THAT FORESHADOW TODAY ´ S
INTERNET CULTURE.

Fallen Angel (1981) An electrifying painting, a portrait of an obsession, a self-portrait of a person whose career was cut short but who left behind a powerful and complex legacy, like the fallen angel who disobeys God and is expelled from Heaven.

Glenn (1984) From a period of intense creativity. Representing a monstrous, feverish, static, black head, resembling a mask radiating energy and emotion, against a background wall like in a kindergarten.

In This Case (1983) One of Basquiat’s most famous works because of the way he combined complementary colours and contrasts between light and dark to create a rage-filled representation of himself.

A COLLECTION
TRULY CRAFTED
& INSPIRED BY
BASQUIAT

THE LENSES USED IN OUR FRAMES, MANUFACTURED FROM PURE MINERAL CRYSTAL, ARE PHOTOCHROMIC WITH A SCRATCH RESISTANT PROTECTIVE COATING. THEY ARE THE MOST ADVANCED IN THE WORLD, OFFERING THE BEST EXPERIENCE AND OUTSTANDING VISUAL ACUITY.

Fallen Angel

Basquiat 01 - BL - Fallen Angel

Basquiat 02 - BL - Fallen Angel

Basquiat 03 - BL - Fallen Angel

Basquiat 04 - BL - Fallen Angel

Glenn

Basquiat 01 - YW - Glenn

Basquiat 02 - YW - Glenn

Basquiat 03 - YW - Glenn

Basquiat 04 - YW - Glenn

In this Case

Basquiat 01 - RD - In this Case

Basquiat 02 - RD - In this Case

Basquiat 03 - RD - In this Case

Basquiat 04 - RD - In this Case

THE COMPLETE JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
BOX SET BY ETNIA BARCELONA

© The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York