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Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks

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Accompanying a major traveling exhibition, this first-ever survey of the  rarely seen notebooks of Basquiat features the artist’s handwritten  notes, poems, and drawings, along with related works on paper and  large-scale paintings. With no formal training, Jean-Michel Basquiat  (1960–1988) succeeded in developing a new and expressive style to become  one of the most influential artists in the postmodern revival of  figurative during the 1980s. In a series of notebooks from the early to  mid-1980s, never before exhibited, Basquiat combined text and images  reflecting his engagement with the countercultures of graffiti and  hip-hop in New York City, as well as pop culture and world events.  Filled with handwritten texts, poems, pictograms, and drawings, many of  them iconic images that recur throughout his artwork—teepees, crowns,  skeleton-like silhouettes, and grimacing masks—and these notebooks  reveal much about the artist’s creative process and the importance of  the written word in his aesthetic. With over 150 notebook pages and  numerous drawings and paintings, this important book sheds new light on  Basquiat’s career and his critical place in contemporary art history.


  • Hardcover :  246 pages 
  • Publisher :  Skira Rizzoli (April 14, 2015)