Jean-Michel Basquiat: Trumpet Plate
This Limoges porcelain plate, made in France by Ligne Blanche, features a detail of the 1984 painting Trumpet by Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Trumpet combines expressive figuration and abstract form to represent the creative force of jazz. An avid listener and musician himself, Basquiat often alluded to music in his practice. The painting develops the motif of music and musicians he had established in iconic works such as Horn Players (1983), a triptych now in the collection of the Broad in Los Angeles that was first exhibited in March 1983 at Larry Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles. Here, the trumpet’s sound is communicated by brilliant color and dynamic lines while a sequence of letters and brushstrokes over the instrument suggest the notes being played. Above the trumpeter’s head is a three-pointed crown, one of the artist’s most iconic symbols.