Cecilia Díaz Betz

The expressiveness, colour and absolute power of the artwork by Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1987) continues to have a huge influence today. This American artist burst onto the art scene in New York in the ’80s. At the age of 20, he revolutionized the art world, turning it upside down thanks to his powerful conceptual paintings, which dealt with complex issues like racism, politics or hypocrisy. Basquiat helped take street art into galleries.

An exclusive eyewear collection inspired in three of the most iconic Basquiat pieces

Etnia Barcelona is paying tribute to Basquiat’s artistic and countercultural legacy by launching an exclusive eyewear collection inspired by three of his most famous paintings: Fallen Angel (1981), Glenn (1984) and In this case (1983).

With this three models the firm approaches the world of graffiti, comics and street art, but also that of jazz, punk and rap. Each model contains patterns inspired by the three mentioned original works, making them unique and different, but they all share the three vertices that emulate the 3 peaks of the crown, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s symbol.

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Etnia Barcelona presented this capsule collection in New York in an event in which the firm also launched a fashion highlighting the values of collaboration. The video, which you can watch below, as well as the work of Basquiat, expresses the transgressive, powerful and emotional nature of the work of an artist that is an icon of contemporary culture and art. The video features rapper Oddisee and producer and graphic artist Elle.

Etnia Barcelona x Basquiat is available exclusively in 20 outlets around the world or through its shop online. In Spain they are available in Santa Eulalia in Barcelona and Eks in Madrid.