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Jean-Michel Basquiat was only twenty-seven when he died in 1988, his  meteoric and often controversial career having lasted for just eight  years. Despite his early death, Basquiat's powerful œuvre has ensured  his continuing reputation as one of modern art's most distinctive  voices. Borrowing from graffiti and street imagery, cartoons, mythology  and religious symbolism, Basquiat's drawings and paintings explore  issues of race and identity, providing social commentary that is  shrewdly observed and biting. This bestselling book, now available in a  compact edition, celebrates Basquiat's achievements in the contexts of  the key influences on his art. It not only re-evaluates the artist's  principal works and their meaning, but also explains what keeps his  painting relevant today.


  • Paperback :  224 pages 
  • Publisher :  Merrell Publishers; Illustrated Edition (February 23, 2010)