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Art Poster

Basquiat

Basquiat | Red Dot Design Award

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The intention in designing this poster for an exhibition on the black artist Jean-Michel Basquiat was to render a notion of his tragic life situation. In an art world shaped by whites, the artist gave artistic expression to the “horror of a black life”. In the poster, this is reflected in the upper and lower parts of the picture bordering a blue square in between. This makes the black man placed behind them look as though he were in a prison. Information is reduced to Basquiat’s areas of activity and focuses on his only short artistic life.

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Credits
  • Client:
    Hanns Schmid Publishers, Baden, Switzerland
  • Design:
    Hanns Schmid Grafikdesign, Baden, Switzerland