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The Jean-Michel Basquiat Reader

Writings, Interviews, and Critical Responses

Jordana Moore Saggese



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California Uni Pr Trade
02 March 2021
The first comprehensive collection of the words and works of a movement-defining artist.

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) burst onto the art scene in the summer of 1980 as one of approximately one hundred artists exhibiting at the 1980 Times Square Show in New York City. By 1982, at the age of twenty-one, Basquiat had solo exhibitions in galleries in Italy, New York, and Los Angeles. Basquiat's artistic career followed the rapid trajectory of Wall Street, which boomed from 1983 to 1987. In the span of just a few years, this Black boy from Brooklyn had become one of the most famous American artists of the 1980s. The Jean-Michel Basquiat Reader is the first comprehensive sourcebook on the artist, closing gaps that have until now limited the sustained study and definitive archiving of his work and its impact.

Eight years after his first exhibition, Basquiat was dead, but his popularity has only grown. Through a combination of interviews with the artist, criticism from the artist's lifetime and immediately after, previously unpublished research by the author, and a selection of the most important critical essays on the artist's work, this collection provides a full picture of the artist's views on art and culture, his working process, and the critical significance of his work both then and now.
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Imprint:   California Uni Pr Trade
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 254mm,  Width: 178mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   907g
ISBN:   9780520305168
ISBN 10:   0520305167
Series:   Documents of Twentieth-Century Art
Pages:   408
Publication Date:  
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Acknowledgments Introduction JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT IN HIS OWN WORDS Interview by Marc H. Miller, 1982 Interview by Henry Geldzahler, 1982 Interview by Lisa Licitra Ponti, 1983 Interview by Geoff Dunlop and Sandy Nairne, 1985 Interview by Becky Johnston and Tamra Davis, 1985 Interview by Demosthenes Davvetas, 1985-1988 Interview by Isabelle Graw, 1986 BASQUIAT'S LANGUAGE Texts by Jean-Michel Basquiat CONTEMPORARY CRITICISM AND COMMENTARY The Radiant Child Rene Ricard, 1981 Schnabel and Basquiat: Explosions and Chaos Hunter Drohojowska, 1982 Jean-Michel Basquiat Jeffrey Deitch, 1982 Jean-Michel Basquiat at Annina Nosei Lisa Liebmann, 1982 Jean-Michel Basquiat at Fun Gallery Susan Hapgood, 1983 Black Picasso and the Lie Detector Diego Cortez, 1983 New Kid on the (Auction) Block Ellen Lubell, 1984 Jean-Michel Basquiat Kate Linker, 1984 Jean-Michel Basquiat at Boone/Werner Nicolas A. Moufarrege, 1984 New Art, New Money: The Marketing of an American Artist Cathleen McGuigan, 1985 Activating Heaven: The Incantatory Art of Jean-Michel Basquiat Robert Farris Thompson, 1985 Art: Basquiat, Warhol Vivien Raynor, 1985 Andy Warhol/Jean-Michel Basquiat Robert Mahoney, 1985 Andy Warhol/Jean-Michel Basquiat Ronald Jones, 1986 Jean-Michel Basquiat Barry Schwabsky, 1986 KNOWING BASQUIAT Interviews by Jordana Moore Saggese Michael Holman, 2007 Suzanne Mallouk, 2008 Bruno Bischofberger, 2010 Robert Farris Thompson, 2011 Dieter Buchhart, 2019 Erika Belle, 2019 Diego Cortez, 2019 THE AFTERLIFE OF JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Jean Basquiat, 27, an Artist of Words and Angular Images Constance L. Hays, 1988 Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1960-1988 Hilton Als, 1988 Martyr without a Cause Peter Schjeldahl, 1988 Remembering Basquiat Keith Haring, 1988 Requiem for a Featherweight: The Sad Story of an Artist's Success Robert Hughes, 1988 New York: More Post-Modern Than Primitive Gregory Galligan, 1988 Saint Jean-Michel Frederick Ted Castle, 1989 Nobody Loves a Genius Child: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lonesome Flyboy in the '80s Art Boom Buttermilk Greg Tate, 1989 Welcome to the Terrordome: Jean-Michel Basquiat and the Dark Side of Hybridity Dick Hebdige, 1992 Royal Slumming: Jean-Michel Basquiat Here Below Thomas McEvilley, 1992 Altars of Sacrifice: Re-membering Basquiat bell hooks, 1993 A Day at the Races: Lorraine O'Grady on Basquiat and the Black Art World Lorraine O'Grady, 1993 Tip-Tapping on a Tightrope Franklin Sirmans, 1994 Famous and Dandy like B. 'n' Andy: Race, Pop, and Basquiat Jose Esteban Munoz, 1996 Lost in Translation: Jean-Michel in the (Re)Mix Kellie Jones, 2005 Basquiat's Poetics Christopher Stackhouse, 2015 Chronology List of Illustration Credits Index

Jordana Moore Saggese is Associate Professor of modern and contemporary American art at the University of Maryland, College Park, and author of Reading Basquiat: Exploring Ambivalence in American Art.

Reviews for The Jean-Michel Basquiat Reader: Writings, Interviews, and Critical Responses

Saggese's Basquiat is a 'subversive' social commentator and visionary, whose Haitian and Puerto Rican heritage provided source material for his art as he 'probed the boundaries of blackness.' The book describes Basquiat's cultural values and working process, drawing on critical essays; a substantial collection of interviews with the artist, which includes a plethora of quotes. . . examples taken from his notebooks; and pieces written by the artist's friends and contemporaries, including an elegiac 1988 essay by Keith Haring entitled 'Remembering Basquiat' and a moving remembrance Hilton Als wrote for the Village Voice shortly after Basquiat's death, in which he noted, 'Jean lived his life like he had nothing to lose.' This comprehensive survey should be required reading for contemporary art and African American history connoisseurs alike. * Publishers Weekly *

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