Blackface Project™ - Jean-Michel Basquiat Red Eyes Series

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Blackface Project

Red Eyes Series 


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Jean-Michel Basquiat


 December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988) was an American artist who rose to success during the 1980s as part of the Neo-expressionism movement. Basquiat’s art focused on dichotomies such as wealth versus poverty, integration versus 

segregation, and inner versus outer experience. He appropriated poetry, drawing,and painting, and married text and image, abstraction, figuration, and historial information mixed with contemporary critique. He used social commentary in his paintings as a tool for introspection and for identifying with his experiences in the Black community of his time, as well as attacks on power structures and systems of racism. His visual poetics were acutely political and direct in their criticism of colonialism and support for class struggle.


The Blackface Project 

is not about blackface, minstrels, and demeaning caricatures. While the history of blackface is sad, there is no need to continue to give the word power but rather compassion for those who used it in the past and today in entertainment, fashion, and politics. 

The Blackface Project re-defined are images of historical American figures that have made significant contributions to humanity and who have a face that is her many shades.


The image is printed with fade-resistant inks on a lightweight 5 oz. Hanes ComfortSoft pre-shrunk 100% cotton crew neck plain white tee.


Washing Instructions: Machine gentle wash in cold water and regular temperature dry 

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