Blackwing Volumes 57 Pencils (Jean-Michel Basquiat)

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The famed Blackwing pencil has a limited edition series called Volumes. Each quarter they release a new box of 12 pencils celebrating the people, places and events that have defined our creative culture. The Volumes series has become highly collectible.

The Blackwing 57 is a tribute to Jean-Michel Basquiat and his boundary-pushing art. The number 57 is a reference to 57 Great Jones Street in New York City, where Basquiat created some of his best-known works.

THE STORY: Jean-Michel Basquiat is one of the best known artists of his generation and is widely considered one of the most important artists of the 20th century. His works are edgy and raw, and through a bold sense of color and composition, he maintains a fine balance between seemingly contradictory forces such as control and spontaneity, menace and wit, urban imagery and primitivism.

Box of 12 pencils, each featuring a section Basquiat’s Untitled (Skull) (1981) painting wrapped around the barrel, Basquiat’s iconic crown printed on the ferrule, and Blackwing's soft graphite.