The first African-American artist to attain art superstardom, Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) created a huge oeuvre of drawings and paintings (Julian Schnabel recalls him once accidentally leaving a portfolio of about 2,000 drawings on a subway car) in the space of just eight years. Through his street roots in graffiti, Basquiat helped to establish new possibilities for fThe first African-American artist to attain art superstardom, Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) created a huge oeuvre of drawings and paintings (Julian Schnabel recalls him once accidentally leaving a portfolio of about 2,000 drawings on a subway car) in the space of just eight years. Through his street roots in graffiti, Basquiat helped to establish new possibilities for figurative and expressionistic painting, breaking the white male stranglehold of Conceptual and Minimal art, and foreshadowing, among other tendencies, Germany's Junge Wilde movement. It was not only Basquiat's art but also the details of his biography that made his name legendary--his early years as "Samo" (his graffiti artist moniker), his friendships with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Madonna and his tragically early death from a heroin overdose. This superbly produced retrospective publication assesses Basquiat's luminous career with commentary by, among others, Glenn O'Brien, and 160 color reproductions of the work.Jean-Michel Basquiat was born in Brooklyn, New York, to a Puerto Rican mother and a Haitian father--an ethnic mix that meant young Jean-Michel was fluent in French, Spanish and English by the age of 11. In 1977, at the age of 17, Basquiat took up graffiti, inscribing the landscape of downtown Manhattan with his signature "Samo." In 1980 he was included in the landmark group exhibition The Times Square Show; the following year, at the age of 21, Basquiat became the youngest artist ever to be invited to Documenta. By 1982, Basquiat had befriended Andy Warhol, later collaborating with him; Basquiat was much affected by Warhol's death in 1987. He died of a heroin overdose on August 22, 1988, at the age of 27....
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Jean-Michel Basquiat Reviews
Great large format collection with plenty of beautifully reproduced paintings and some personal and academic essays interspersed throughout. Basquiat died at 27, was only the NY art scene for a few years, but he had a profound effect. He was also a famous "personality," known for his friendships to Warhol and Madonna and others, but the real contribution of his art, growing from his graffiti/tagging beginnings to his work in what became a kind of urban "primitivism" is pretty far reaching. In my view his art survives the myths made of his life. Really interesting stuff to see again.
New York in the early 1980s is such a fascinating part of art history. There are some really intriguing pieces included in this publication. My first experiences with Basquiat's art were in Europe. So inspiring to dig into Basquiat's ideas on canvas. His work feels timeless for me. It always feels contemporary and hip, an unexpected trait of anything that comes from the 80s, but Basquiat was the essence of cool.
This book answered every single lingering question I had about Jean-Michel Basquiat. The interview by Tamra Davis is particularly informative. Lots of paintings I've wanted to see but could never find.
one of the 2 best on him that I know of....and as a general matter, better than the usual art book boatload, with less of the mindless adulation vagabond art critic poseur- less filling, astill tastes good---you can skip the new wave pose and criticism baggage now.... make sense?
I loved this book so much
Great book from the excellent exhibition which was at the Foundation Beyeler from May 9th to September 5th, 2o1o.
Pricier than the other Basquiat options out there, but has a lot of his better known works. Print quality is excellent. The text is so so.