In this episode of Anatomy of an Artwork, delve into the complex iconography of Jean-Michel Basquiat's 'Flesh and Spirit'. Inspired by a host of influences including Robert Farris Thompson’s seminal 'Flash of the Spirit,’ 'Gray’s Anatomy' and the anatomical drawings of Leonardo Da Vinci, Basquiat takes on science and religion in his own strikingly unique visual language. This monumental, multi-paneled work declares Basquiat’s arrival as a fully matured artistic force at the thrilling apex of his powers. 'Flesh and Spirit' will be offered as a highlight of Sotheby's Contemporary Art Evening Auction on 16 May in New York.
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