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Jean-Michel Basquiat Paperback – July 2, 1999


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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.AKathryn Wekselman, Univ. of Cincinnati Lib.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Charta (July 2, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8881582392
  • ISBN-13: 978-8881582396
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 9.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,239,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By AfSucSker on September 12, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book (the one with "PZ" on the cover, since Amazon has decided to not seperate certain reviews to certain books...) is another great treat for any basquiat fan. It has some very intelligent writings by Keith Haring, Francesco Clemente and others. Also, it contains some informative interviews with the late artist that contain some of his famous quotes. One thing that is most exciting about this book is that it shows almost all of the Basquiat/Warhol and Basquiat/Warhol/Clemente collaborations! Also, the photographs and art reproductions are amazingly done. If you love Basquiat, or even mildly admire him (or Haring, Clemente, or Warhol for that matter) you NEED this book. Matt
If there are any other Basquiat fans out there looking for someone to talk to about art like I am, then please e-mail me.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By William Cordova on February 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
Pzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...slang for "hey girl, how can I get wit chu? "
(Out fitted players on the cover)
Basquiat's pallette is overwelming. This book has many previously unpubllished works by the late artist. Most of the drawings are exceptional...The paintings on the other hand are mostly unresolved. It would have been nice if the images were in FOCUS! But the over all production is good. Leaves me wondering when the rest of his unpublished drawings will see light of day.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By T.H. on December 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
Some of the drawings are disappointingly un-sharp reproductions and/or are too small. Basquiat's drawings are extremely delicate and detailed and more beautiful than his paintings. They must be reproduced with high quality sharpness and at a proper size to be fully enjoyed and appreciated.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Culver TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 13, 2005
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This collection of works by Jean-Michel Basquiat was prepared for an exhibition of the painter's works at the Museo Revoltella in Trieste in 1999.

The paintings are presented in a nicely large size, better than the paperback Basquiat books that are easier to find, and the colours are vivid. In addition to the works, the book also contains a great deal of textual material, presented in English and Italian translation. Retrospective essays are provided by Keith Haring, Francisco Clemente, and Keith Haring, and Basquiat's major supporter Bruno Bischofberger contributes a fascinating reflection on the painter's collaborations with Clemente and Warhol. There are also four interviews that allow Basquiat to speak in his own words.

My only real complaints about the word are that the typesetting is poor, with the text difficult to read, and my own favourite work of Basquiat, "Pegasus" was not included. Still, if you are a fan of one of America's greatest painters, this collection is worth a look.
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