Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks - the exhibition catalogue from Brooklyn Museum available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks

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'With vibrant visuals and Basquiat's imaginative text, this book reinvigorates the interest for one of the truly great American artists.' - Publishers Weekly

Accompanying a major traveling exhibition, this first-ever survey of the rarely seen notebooks of Basquiat features the artist's handwritten notes, poems, and drawings, along with related works on paper and large-scale paintings. With no formal training, Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) succeeded in developing a new and expressive style to become one of the most influential artists in the postmodern revival of figurative during the 1980s. In a series of notebooks from the early to mid-1980s, never before exhibited, Basquiat combined text and images reflecting his engagement with the countercultures of graffiti and hip-hop in New York City, as well as pop culture and world events.

Filled with handwritten texts, poems, pictograms, and drawings, many of them iconic images that recur throughout his artwork-teepees, crowns, skeleton-like silhouettes, and grimacing masks-and these notebooks reveal much about the artist's creative process and the importance of the written word in his aesthetic. With over 150 notebook pages and numerous drawings and paintings, this important book sheds new light on Basquiat's career and his critical place in contemporary art history.

  • Hardcover: 246 pages | 280 colour illustrations
  • Date published: July 2014
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0847845828
  • Product Dimensions: 30.3 x 25.5 cm