Basquiat
ISBN: 383655979X
EAN13: 9783836559799
Language: English
Pages: 96
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 11.00" L x 9.00" W
Weight: 1.00 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview
An icon of 1980s New York, Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) first made his name under the graffiti tag SAMO, before establishing his studio practice and catapulting to fast fame at the age of 20. Although his career lasted barely a decade, he remains a cult figure of artistic social commentary , and a trailblazer in the mediation of graffiti and gallery art . Basquiat's work drew upon diverse sources and media to create an original and urgent artistic vocabulary, biting with critique against structures of power and racism . His practice merged abstraction and figuration, poetry and painting, while his influences spanned Greek, Roman, and African art, French poetry, jazz , and the work of artistic contemporaries such as Andy Warhol and Cy Twombly. The results are vivid, visceral mixtures of words, African emblems, cartoonish figures, daubs of bold color, and beyond.