Jean-Michel Basquiat was one of the 20th century’s most influential artists, confronting enduring political questions in his trademark neo-expressionist style. The work of this once-controversial artist, who had American racism and imperialism firmly within his crosshairs, now features prominently in the canon of American art. Such are the uncomfortable contradictions of his legacy.
Given their longstanding obsession with the closely related themes of Americana and American misfits, it’s easy to see why Tokyo-based label WACKO MARIA are drawn to Basquiat’s work and all that its contemporary reception lays bare.
The Jean-Michel Basquiat SS Hawaiian Shirt (Type 2) in Multi features a striking all-over print with graphics from some of Basquiat’s most recognisable works, including Untitled (Three Kings), In Italian (1983), and Untitled (1984). Constructed from silky rayon fabric, this piece boasts all the other features of a WACKO MARIA short-sleeve shirt, including an open collar, front button closure, and a single patch pocket at the chest.
Made in Japan from 100% rayon.
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