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Jean Michel Basquiat: Handbook

Jean Michel Basquiat: Handbook

$18.95    Member Price: $17.06

Edited with foreword and text by Larry Warsh

An affordable, compact primer on the artist who drastically shifted the course of late 20th-century art. 

This reader provides a concise introduction to the widely popular yet often misunderstood artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Guided by the steady hand of Basquiat scholar Larry Warsh, it is one of the few books of this kind to be directly approved by the artist’s estate and family: a notable distinction amid all of the buzz.

Jean-Michel Basquiat Handbook begins with a portrait of the young Basquiat, from his years as a precocious child in Brooklyn, to his rebellious teenagedom, to his meteoric rise in fame, to his tragic early death. The book then discusses the development of his groundbreaking style through the recurrent themes of his practice: urban life, the human figure, music and sports, to name just a few. The backend of the book provides a sampling of sketches from Basquiat’s notebooks, a chronology and incisive essays from scholars Henry Geldzahler and Henry Louis Gates Jr.

  • No More Rulers, 2024
  • Softcover, 162 pages
  • 5 x 7 inches

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