Title: Hollywood Africans in Front of the Chinese Theater with Footprints of Movie Stars,
Medium: Screenprint in colors on four-ply Museum Board
Size: 38 1/2 × 84 in (97.8 × 213.4 cm)
Edition of 60
The Hollywood Africans in Front of the Chinese Theatre with Footprints of Movie Stars is Jean-Michel Basquiat’s 1983 screen print on the museum board. It measures 38 ½ x 84 inches, screenprint on museum board, and it is presented in the form of graffiti. The work is part of the famous 1983 artwork titled Hollywood Africans. The painting represents three incomprehensible images with grotesque looking faces, drawn rather casually and thus presenting a rough finishing. The words are also scribbled and thus making it very rugged. The three figures represent the isolation and discrimination of blacks in Hollywood entertainment. The images represent the meeting of the artist and his two friends, Rammelizee and Toxic, and therefore, it can be presented as a memorial representation of these friends, as well as a depiction of how the blacks in the entertainment industry were marginalized in the 80s. The stereotyping of blacks in the entertainment industry saw them coining the term Hollywood Africans, to show how they have been isolated by the industry.
This painting is worth investing in, not because it is from a renowned artist, but because it is rich in history and more specifically, Hollywood or the entertainment industry. It also stems from one of the critical aspects of the society, which is racism and stereotyping. This is one part of American history that needs to be exposed, and one of the best ways is through platforms such as art. These reasons make this painting a good investment, which would be worth your money.