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"This was a time and place where you could be a hero and change the world in your spare time with a pencil. Jean did that. It was his destiny. It's all there in the pictures--in the masks and the crowns and the magic words. He was in New York because he knew that this was the field of honor where the future would be decided. He knew his Picasso and he knew his Warhol. Hey, he studied with Warhol, because he had his eye on the prize. And he knew the rhythm, and the changes, and the secret world. And he did. I hope he knew it. He made it, on a technical knockout. Boom. Boom for real." Glenn O'Brien, excerpted from Basquiat and the New York Scene 1978-1982 in Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Edited with text by Dieter Buchhart.
Language in the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat, from graffiti to word as motif
In the wild New York of the 1980s, Jean-Michel Basquiat was the first African-American artist to receive art-world attention. The complexity and trailblazing innovative power of his paintings has been widely discussed, but this book focuses on the treatment of language in Basquiat’s ouevre. With its complex structures, spontaneous rhythms and sampled, collage-like manifestations, his work was drawn into the orbit of the Beat Generation poets and the protagonists of the musical avant-garde. The multitalented Basquiat created a shimmering, syncopated fabric of images and text, which the American curator and critic Robert Storr aptly called “eye rap.” It was with this unpretentious and spontaneous way of working that Basquiat rewrote art history.
Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) grew up in Brooklyn. His first notoriety came when he was making street paintings under the tag SAMO. Later he stormed the gallery world, and became an icon of New York's vibrant early-80s downtown scene, a friend to and collaborator with Andy Warhol and Francesco Clemente, and the cover boy for a 1985 New York Times Magazine story on the new art market. His death following a heroin overdose at 27 did not by any means decrease interest in his work, which was recently the subject of a retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum, New York.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Text by Dieter Buchhart, Glenn O'Brien, Jean-Louis Prat, Susanne Reichling.
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 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.
Published by Charta/ Deitch Projects. Introduction by Jeffrey Deitch. Interviews with Fred "Fab 5 Freddy" Brathwaite, Arto Lindsay, Annina Nosei, Diego Cortez, Glenn O'Brien, Text by Suzanne Mallouk, Gerard Basquiat, Michael Holman. Chronology by Franklin Sirmans.
In 1981 Jean-Michel Basquiat made the momentous transition from the street to the studio. He had attracted considerable attention with his Times Square Show the summer before, and reinforced that nascent notoriety with a wall of phenomenal works in Diego Cortez's New York/New Wave at P.S. 1, which opened the following winter. A few months later, the dealer Annina Nosei offered Basquiat an independent space in which to prepare work for her September group show, Public Address. He was only 20. Between the world of spray-painted poetry and what critic Peter Schjeldahl called "New York big-painting aesthetics" lies a fantastic coming-of-age: Jean-Michel Basquiat: 1981: The Studio of the Street includes paintings and drawings on everything from note cards to sheet metal to a leather jacket and conventional canvas. In them, as throughout his career, Basquiat married an exuberant spontaneity and art-brut sensibility with a firm command of not only art materials but art history. He would go on to define the 80s Neo-Expressionist idiom, and to remain its most compelling representative. The Studio of the Street examines this charged point of contact in works that show the artist's progression from text to text-and-image, from found materials to traditional canvasses, and from pure drawing to his uniquely evocative hybrid of drawing and painting.
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 9.5 x 12 in. / 248 pgs / 146 color / 14 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 2/1/2007 Out of stock indefinitely
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2007 p. 117
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9788881586257TRADE List Price: $70.00 CDN $85.00
Controversial cult artist, enfant terrible of the art world, friend of Haring and Warhol, and both idol and a victim of the art scene of the '80s-Jean-Michel Basquiat was a legend in his own lifetime. This catalog, published in conjunction with the major retrospective at the Lugano Museum of Modern Art, provides an excellent overview of Basquiat's life and work. As an African-American painter, Basquiat has made a significant impact on the history of contemporary art. From his origins as a street graffiti artist, he became one of the most influential artists of his time: in 2005 his work is being celebrated in seperate exhibitions in the US and Europe. As emblems of the contemporary world, his explosive, colorful, and apparently naéf canvases have an unparalleled force. The brief but intense artistic career of this celebrated proponent of the downtown New York art scene of the 1980s is covered through some fifty paintings and twenty works on paper drawn from prestigious private collections and museums. This book offers a new intense dialogue with the more modern expressions of twentieth-century art.
Rudy Chiappini is Director of the Lugano Modern Art Museum.
Published by Charta. Artwork by Jean-Michel Basquiat. Contributions by Luca Marenzi.
Providing a serious and generous overview of Basquiat's career, this monograph will please novice and fan alike, with its high-quality illustrations, including 50 works on canvas, 40 works on paper, two sculptures and 18 collaborations (15 with Andy Warhol).
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 9.5 x 11.5 in. / 280 pgs / 117 color / 25 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 7/2/1999 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 1999 p. 14
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9788881582396TRADE List Price: $55.00 CDN $65.00