Jean-Michel Basquiat
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Dieter Buchhart

Jean-Michel Basquiat

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This eclectic book presents how Basquiat used an intricate network of signs and symbols to challenge the very system that made him a staple within the art world. Tracing his inspiration from cartoons, children’s drawings, and advertising as well as his own Haitian and Puerto Rican heritage, Buchhart discusses the influence of African-American and Aztec cultural histories on the artist’s oeuvre, mixed with a variety of classical themes and contemporary icons.

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s symbolic, complex, and often emotionally charged work made a huge impact on the 1980s downtown New York City art scene. And though his all-too-brief career ended when he died at age 27, Basquiat left behind an enormous legacy―not only in the number of works he produced, but also in the messages he encoded around political, social, racial, and cultural issues.

  • Publisher: Prestel; 1st edition, 2022
  • Number of pages: 216
  • ISBN-10: 3791379577
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791379579