This book was published on the occasion of the exhibition Jean-Michel Basquiat at Gagosian, 555 West 24th Street, New York. Featuring candid historical photographs, installation views, foldouts, and close to sixty color plates, this comprehensive publication celebrates Basquiat’s work over the course of his brief but meteoric career. Art historian Robert Farris Thompson provides a detailed analysis of some of the artist’s most iconic paintings, situating them within both his oeuvre and the larger landscape of twentieth-century art. Rounding out the volume, the late poet and critic Rene Ricard offers a rare glimpse into the private world of Basquiat, recounting their sometimes fraught friendship, from their first meeting in 1981 to Basquiat’s death in 1988.
Very good condition, minor tearing along top left binding of dusk jacket.