Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960 –1988) was one of the most fascinating personalities in the art world. After starting on the New York underground scene as a graffiti sprayer, musician and actor, he began to devote himself to painting at nineteen. His highly expressive, energetic work soon found wide admiration. Supported by Andy Warhol, he advanced to become an internationally acclaimed star. His works, populated by comic-like figures, skeletal silhouettes, curious everyday objects, and poetic slogans, are colourful and powerful. They blend pop culture and cultural history into critical and ironic commentaries on consumer society and social injustice.
This superbly produced retrospective publication, accompanying an exhibition at Fondation Beyeler assesses Basquiat's career with essays by Dieter Buchhart, Glenn O’Brien, and Robert Storr, an interview with Basquiat by Becky Johnston and Tamra Davis, previously published only as a video film (1985) and 160 colour reproductions of the work.
- Author: Fondation Beyeler
- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Date published: May 2010
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-3775725934
- Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 25.0 cm