Basquiat : Boom for Real - the exhibition catalogue from Barbican Art Gallery available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Basquiat : Boom for Real

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'superbly illustrated and packed with richly informative essays that lay bare and repopulate the legend. You come away with the sense that Basquiat somehow managed an extraordinary triumph from beyond what appeared to be the tragic mess of his life; that he outwitted, in an unimaginable way, the limited perceptions of all those around him, those who judged, those who collected, and those who thought they could see but could not really' - The FT

A brilliant compendium about Basquiat looking at his emergence on the downtown New York scene in the late 1970s and 80s and his influence on art history

Basquiat first came to prominence when he collaborated with Al Diaz to spray-paint enigmatic statements under the pseudonym SAMO(c). He went on to work on collages, Xerox art, postcards, performances, and music before establishing his reputation as one of the most important painters of his generation. Accompanying a major exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery, this book opens with introductory essays from the curators, which place his practice in a wider art historical context and look at his career through the lens of performance.

Six thematic chapters offer new research, with essays from poet Christian Campbell on SAMO(c); curator Carlo McCormick on New York / New Wave; writer Glenn O'Brien on the downtown scene; academic Jordana Moore Saggese on Basquiat's relationship to film and television; and music scholar Francesco Martinelli on Basquiat's obsession with jazz. This insightful new survey also features extended captions, rare archival material, and extensive photography, demonstrating how Basquiat's legacy remains more powerful and relevant than ever today.

One of the FT's 2017 books of the year. 

  • Author: Dieter Buchhart
  • Paperback: 296 pages | 237 illustrations
  • Date published: January 2020
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-3791359502
  • Product Dimensions: 28.0 x 24.0 cm

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