Slave Auction (detail).
 Basquiat, Jean-Michel, 1960-1988

Click to enter image viewer

Use the Save buttons below to save any of the available image sizes to your computer.
Download Thumbnail image:
Download Medium image:
Download Large image:
Title:Slave Auction (detail)

"but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave." -- Philippians 2:7

Paul reminds us that Jesus could have assumed God-form, but instead enslaved himself and became human, suffering as those lowest in society's distorted view. This detail of a large collage of a slave auction has chilling power, as the auctioneer's formless face assumes the dark side of humanity, so similar to the darkness of Christ's own horrible death.

Basquiat began his creative work as a graffiti artist in inner city New York. His interest in religion and philosophy, along with his experience of economic and social discrimination, led him to reject organized religion and instead develop a passionate community of fellow graffiti artists. He died at 27, after years of struggle with addiction.

Artist:Basquiat, Jean-Michel, 1960-1988
Building:Centre Georges Pompidou

Scripture:Philippians 2:5-11
Lectionary links:APass
General Subject:Slavery

(Use this link to refer back to this image.)

Copyright Source:
Copyright Permission:This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial ShareAlike 3.0 License. In short: you are free to use and to share the file for non-commercial purposes under the conditions that you appropriately attribute it, and that you distribute it only under a license compatible with this one. For uses other than the above, contact the Divinity Library at
Attribution:Basquiat, Jean-Michel, 1960-1988. Slave Auction (detail), from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved February 17, 2018]. Original source:
Record Number:54248 Last Updated: 2011-04-09 15:20:07 Record Created: 2009-03-19 13:17:37
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition