Untitled (1982) is an acrylic, ink, and paper collage on paper created in 1982 by Jean-Michel Basquiat. Basquiat's work is considered to fall within the Neo-Expressionism movement. In his paintings, Basquiat used the graffiti style, which was related to cartoons. This artwork predicts his unconventional lifestyle that came straight from his heart.
He produced figures from jagged lines from his masterly art, which he made sure the primary elements are identifiable. He used all manner of materials from markers, acrylic pens, felt-tip pens, and ink. In this artwork, he used oil sticks, spray paint, and acrylic on canvas. Basquiat honed his signature painting style through elusive diagrams and symbols, obsessive scribbling, and mask-and-skull imagery. The Untitled (1982) artwork depicts a black skull with red and yellow rivulets. Basquiat's focus figure in The Untitled (1982) artwork is a human head, summarized to a mimic symbol of itself. It's flattened and squashed, and the skull's back is bulging out to the side. Without a doubt, its popping eyes and gaping mouth may depict how painful it is to be reduced to a symbol.
Although the artwork is given a deliberate scrawled feeling, it preserves a bit of subjectivity, which provides the form with some emotional weight. As you can distinctively notice, the nostrils are defined with black dots contrasting directly with the eyes two white dots. These features give the face a definition and the accent that makes the skull's gaze lookout, a fascinating painting to dive into.
The Untitled (1982) artwork is a painting that bleeds history. It portrays a black skull gnashing its teeth, pitted with angry eyes, scarred with red rivulets against a blue graffiti wall that looks like someone has been adding everything up. Basquiat's subjects were inspired by his Caribbean heritage and contemporary heroes like musicians and athletes. His mother was of Puerto Rican descent, and his father was Haitian, a convergence of Aztec, African, African-American histories. He turned to his art to criticize the histories of racism and colonialism on African Americans.
In 1983, Basquiat met Andy Warhol, a mentor, and idol, and the two collaborated on a series of paintings. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, many prominent rap artists such as Kanye West, Jay Z, Living Color, and others paid homage to Basquiat. As a whole, it shows the energy graffiti was bringing into the painting world to cover multiple, overlapping layers and thoughts. The record-setting Untitled (1982) by Jean-Michel Basquiat, bought last year for $110.5 million by a Japanese billionaire, is housed in the Brooklyn Museum.