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Taschen GmbH
07 December 2015
Art & design styles: from c 1960; Drawing & drawings; Graffiti & street art; Individual artists, art monographs
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.

This book presents Basquiat's short but prolific career, his unique style, and his profound engagement with ever-relevant issues of integration and segregation, poverty and wealth.
By:   Leonhard Emmerling
Imprint:   Taschen GmbH
Country of Publication:   Germany
Dimensions:   Height: 260mm,  Width: 210mm,  Spine: 13mm
Weight:   565g
ISBN:   9783836559799
ISBN 10:   383655979X
Pages:   96
Publication Date:   07 December 2015
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Leonhard Emmerling received his doctorate from the University of Heidelberg for a thesis titled Jean Dubuffet's Art Theory. He is the Director of South Asia Programmes at the Goethe-Institute's office in New Delhi and was previously active as a curator at various art institutions in Germany. His publications include TASCHEN's Jean-Michel Basquiat and Jackson Pollock.

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