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Jean Michel Basquiat

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Paperback from Merrell Publishers

Jean-Michel Basquiat: A Biography (Greenwood Biographies)
Jean-Michel Basquiat: A Biography (Greenwood Biographies)
by Eric Fretz
Hardcover from Greenwood
Basquiat: A Quick Killing in Art (Revised Edition)
Basquiat: A Quick Killing in Art
by Phoebe Hoban
This minutely reported book is as much a portrait of the frenzied, prodigal New York art world of the 1980s as it is a biography of Jean-Michel Basquiat, who died of a drug overdose at age 27 in 1988. Basquiat, one of very few African American artists to acquire an international reputation, left a thick web of dealers, collectors, friends, lovers, paintings, drawings, and used syringes behind him. Author Phoebe Hoban seems to have unblinkingly interviewed or examined them all. While she duly registers Basquiat's sad childhood, with his unstable Puerto Rican mother and punishing Haitian father, she doesn't make much of the deeper veins of sorrow and self-destruction that may have motivated the artist and informed his art. Rather, she allows his celebrity, which whisked him from street urchin to art star, to be the central trajectory of this story. The Warhol protégé would probably approve, as he was the primary obliterator of his own psychological depths, throwing away his short, phenomenally productive life in the edgy club and drug scene of downtown Manhattan. The miracle is that Basquiat was so good, and so serious, an artist, surrounded as he was by hype and cash. Hoban's book is a fluid, intricate, authoritative dissection of a time, a place, and--almost--a person. --Peggy Moorman,
Paperback from Penguin (Non-Classics)
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Jean-Michel Basquiat
by Jean-Michel Basquiat
Paperback from Charta
Life Doesn t Frighten Me
Life Doesn't Frighten Me
by Maya Angelou
Hardcover from Stewart, Tabori and Chang
Widow Basquiat
Widow Basquiat
by Jennifer Clement
Paperback from Shearsman Books
Jean-Michel Basquiat: 1981, The Studio of the Street
Jean-Michel Basquiat: 1981, The Studio of the Street
by Diego Cortez, Glenn O'Brien, Gerard Basquiat, Franklin Sirmans, Arto Lindsay, Jean-Michel Basquiat
Hardcover from Charta/ Deitch Projects
Jean-Michel Basquiat
by Jean Michel Basquiat, Richard Marshall, Jean-Louis Prat
Hardcover from Galerie Enrico Navarra
Basquiat (Numbered Signed Edition)
Basquiat (Numbered/Signed Edition)
by Gerard Basquiat
Hardcover from Tony Shafrazi Gallery
Basquiat: Drawings
by Jean Michel Basquiat
Paperback from Bulfinch Pr


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