Jean-Michel Basquiat

In just eight years, Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988), the first African-American artist to achieve art superstardom, produced an immense body of drawings and paintings (approximately 2,000 of which were once accidentally left on a subway car, according to Julian Schnabel). Basquiat's roots in street art and graffiti opened up new avenues for figurative and expressionistic painting, breaking away from the stranglehold of Conceptual and Minimal art dominated by white males. This groundbreaking retrospective not only showcases Basquiat's art, but also delves into the details of his life, including his early days as "Samo" (his graffiti artist alias), his close relationships with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Madonna, and his tragically early death from a heroin overdose. Featuring commentary from Glenn O'Brien and 160 stunning color reproductions of his work, this exquisitely crafted publication is a must-have for any art enthusiast.

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