Check out our Spring 2019 catalog, featuring more than 500 new books on art & culture. We welcome new publishers Arquine, Atelier Éditions, August Editions, The Design Museum, London, Eakins Press, Editions Patrick Frey, Fulgur Press, Kasmin, Lisson Gallery, Marciano Art Foundation, Marsilio Editori, Onomatopee and Ridinghouse to our list in 2019!
Published by Guggenheim Museum Publications. Text by Chaédria LaBouvier, Nancy Spector, J. Faith Almiron.
Jean-Michel Basquiat painted Defacement (The Death of Michael Stewart) on the wall of Keith Harings studio in 1983 to commemorate the death of a young black artist, who died from injuries sustained while in police custody after being arrested for allegedly tagging a New York City subway station. Defacement is the starting point for the present volume, which focuses on Basquiats response to anti-black racism and police brutality. Basquiats Defacement explores this chapter in the artists career through both the lens of his identity and the Lower East Side as a nexus of activism in the early 1980s, an era marked by the rise of the art market, the AIDS crisis and ongoing racial tensions in the city.
Texts by Chaédria LaBouvier, Nancy Spector and J. Faith Almiron are supplemented by commentary from artists and activists who were part of this episode in New York Citys history, which parallels todays urgent conversations about state-sanctioned racism. Basquiats painting is contextualized by ephemera related to Stewarts death, including newspaper clippings and protest posters, samples of artwork from Stewarts estate and work made by other artists in response to Stewarts death and the subsequent trial, including pieces by Haring, Andy Warhol, David Hammons, George Condo and Lyle Ashton Harris.