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A collection of essential quotations and other writings from artist and icon Jean-Michel Basquiat

One  of the most important artists of the late twentieth century,  Jean-Michel Basquiat explored the interplay of words and images  throughout his career as a celebrated painter with an instantly  recognizable style. In his paintings, notebooks, and interviews, he  showed himself to be a powerful and creative writer and speaker as well  as image-maker. Basquiat-isms is a collection of essential  quotations from this godfather of urban culture. In these brief,  compelling, and memorable selections, taken from his interviews as well  as his visual and written works, Basquiat writes and speaks about  culture, his artistic persona, the art world, artistic influence, race,  urban life, and many other subjects. Concise, direct, forceful, poetic,  and enigmatic, Basquiat’s words, like his art, continue to resonate.Select quotations from the book:

  • "I cross out words so you will see them more; the fact that they are obscured makes you want to read them."
  • "I  think there are a lot of people that are neglected in art, I don’t know  if it’s because of who made the paintings or what, but, um . . . black  people are never really portrayed realistically or I mean not even  portrayed in modern art."
  • "Since I was 17, I thought I might be a star."
  • "The more I paint the more I like everything."
  • "I think I make art for myself, but ultimately I think I make it for the world."


  • Hardcover :  144 pages  
  • Product Dimensions :  4.4 x 0.6 x 5.4 inches 
  • Publisher :  Princeton University Press; First Edition (June 4, 2019)