Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-88) was an American artist. He has been the subject of retrospectives at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Serpentine Gallery, the Brooklyn Museum, the Foundation Beyeler, Fondation Louis Vuitton, and the Barbican, among other venues, and his work is in the permanent collections of major museums around the world. Larry Warsh is the editor of Basquiat's Notebooks and two books by Ai Weiwei, Humanity and Weiwei-isms (all Princeton). Warsh was an early collector of Basquiat and a member of the Basquiat Authentication Committee.
This important and entertaining book exposes Basquiat's preoccupations, his creative contradictions, his humor, and his soul. To hear him explaining his artistic process, methods of revision, and sense of the world is to hear a voice of wisdom beyond his age. --Adam Bradley, author of Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop