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Jean-Michel Basquiat “Boxer Rebellion” Pace Prints

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Announced yesterday on Instagram, the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat will release a new 18-color screen-print of the artist’s 1982-83 painting Boxer Rebellion, published by Flatiron Editions. The limited-to-60, 29-x-39-1/2-inch print will be sold exclusively through Pace Prints, starting on Wednesday, September 26 at 12 p.m. EDT.  Orders will only be accepted by email at [email protected], with the ‘winners’ chosen at random. And before you open up a new email, pricing will be tiered, starting at $35,000 USD.Boxer Rebellion, based on a work on paper created in 1982-83, 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. The posthumous release is stamped and signed by Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Heriveaux, the artist’s sisters and administrators of the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat.