Among the 2000 works of art in The Broad‘s collections are 13 exemplary paintings by Basquiat. Many of the pieces illustrate Basquiat’s characteristically frenzied brushwork, and display some familiar motifs of his work, such as crowns, skulls, and scribbled writing. The collection provides fine examples of Basquiat’s varied techniques and sources of inspiration. Untitled (1981) is a particular highlight: considered autobiographical, the self-portrait is intricately detailed and was completed over the course of a year: unusual in itself given that most of his pieces were completed in only a matter of days.
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