Cover image for Basquiat.
Publication Information:
Milano : Charta, 1999.
Physical Description:
205 pages : mostly color illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
Exhibition catalogue, Trieste, Civico museo Revoltella, 1999.

Text in English and Italian.

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1998).
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N6537.B233 A4 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Providing a serious and generous overview of Basquiat's career, this monograph will please novice and fan alike, with its high-quality illustrations, including 50 works on canvas, 40 works on paper, two sculptures and 18 collaborations (15 with Andy Warhol).

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

New York City graffiti artist turned art world sensation, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a self-taught African American painter who died in 1988 of a drug overdose at the age of 27. In the ten years before his death, he showed at prestigious galleries in the United States and Europe and painted collaborative works with Andy Warhol and Francesco Clemente. This Italian catalog accompanies a Basquiat exhibition in Trieste and features fine reproductions of major Basquiat paintings, along with portrait photographs of the artist, a chronology of his life, and essays and interviews in both Italian and English translation. It provides a good overview of Basquiat's life and work, though the translation is sometimes quirky and the text concentrates more on Basquiat's activities in Europe than does Richard Marchall's Jean-Michel Basquiat (Abrams, 1995). As evidenced by the film and written accounts of Basquiat's life that have been appearing in the past few years, both large public libraries and academic collections can expect interest in this artist.√ĄKathryn Wekselman, Univ. of Cincinnati Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

The short-lived American painter Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-88) was a prodigy and autodidact. Of Haitian and Puerto Rican heritage, he began as a raw New York City "phenom" graffiti artist signing alone or with Al Diaz as "SAMO." He subsequently devised a solo style almost prehistoric in appearance, or perhaps art brut with its comic-style abbreviated draftsmanship and sophisticated mixture of half drawing and painting. Drink and drugs set him off painting at a furious pace. Basquiat was marketed from the top by several leading dealers. He was a part of the club scene, and found collaborations and friendships: i.e., Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, and Andy Warhol. In his short life he had many significant shows in the US and abroad. In fact, this catalog for the Museo Revoltella, Trieste, Italy show of 1999 was created by Basquiat's dealer Bruno Bischofberger, who contributes the preface and a short essay as well as providing the lenders and sources for 110 Basquiat works, many collaborative paintings with Warhol and others. This should not substitute for Phoebe Hoban's Basquiat: A Quick Killing in Art (1998), which remains the finest study of the tragic postmodern artist. Color plates; many photographs of Basquiat. Graduate students through professionals. M. Hamel-Schwulst; Towson University

Table of Contents

Pagare per mangiare / costruire una fortezza / bruciarlap. XVII
Pay for soup / Build a fort / Set that on firep. XXXI
Dipingendo la terza mentep. XLV
Painting the Third Mindp. XLVI
Per Diego / Per Jean-Michelp. XLIX
For Diego / For Jean-Michelp. L
Interviste / Interviews
Henry Geldzahlerp. LIII
Demosthenes Davvetasp. LX
Isabelle Grawp. LXIV
Lisa Licitra Pontip. LXIX
Opere / Worksp. 3
Collaborazioni. Riflessioni e esperienze con Basquiat, Clemente e Warholp. 141
Collaborations. Reflections on and Experiences with Basquiat, Clemente and Warholp. 149
Opere/Worksp. 154
Cronologia/Chronologyp. 189
Crediti fotografici/Photo creditsp. 205