Wednesday, March 4, 2020

First image of the Jean Michel Basquiat Barbie collector 2020 doll

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First image of the Jean Michel Basquiat Barbie collector 2020 doll

Can someone explain to me why this doll is not male?  Is it inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat, a male artist who rose to fame during the 1980s or is it supposed to represent him?  Even though I love the doll, I'm scratching my head about the doll's gender.

Read more about Jean-Michel Basquiat, the artist, here.


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8 comments:

  1. It might be a doll inspired by him ... I think. I'm not too sure ever.

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  2. It is like the Andy Warhol Barbie, inspired by the artist and work, but still Barbie.

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    1. I had forgotten about the Andy Warhol Barbie dressed in a Campbell's soup can. The unveiling of the Basquiat Barbie crushed my hope that the doll would be male and actually represent the artist.

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  3. And like the David Bowie Barbie perhaps? An actual male Basquiat doll would be awesome though.

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    1. You're right. Thanks ladies for helping me understand.

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  4. This brings to mind the Karl Lagerfeld doll. It was a Barbie dressed like the iconic designer. But I agree with you.... why not a Basquiat Ken doll. We need more Ken dolls of color and he would make a really nice one!

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