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Desperately Seeking Basquiat

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Jean-Michel Basquiat is one of the few artists who have achieved mythic  status. His work is instantly recognizable; like Picasso, Warhol or  Frida Kahlo, his look is imprinted on our psyche. But how much do we  really know Basquiat? Who was he, where did he come from, where did he  hang out? Desperately Seeking Basquiat lets readers explore the  most significant locations of his life. We learn that he wasn’t from the  ghetto, but from the respectable, professional middle class Park Slope  neighborhood in Brooklyn. He spent time in his mother’s native Puerto  Rico as a child. He went to a private school for a few years. And then,  yes, he ran away from home and lived with the junkies sleeping rough in  Washington Square Park.

On the way there are the amazing cast  of characters and lovers that came in and out of Basquiat’s life – not  just Warhol, but Debby Harry, Madonna, William Burroughs, Versace,  Francesco Clemente and Keith Haring. And in the midst of all this the  art dealers, impressarios and galleries that knew how to take Basquiat’s  talent and turn it fast into millions of dollars. We discover some  unexpected places: Basquiat spent time in Modena, Italy, and a lot of  time in Zurich and loved detox trips to the Far East and Hawaii; this is  far from just a New York story. Later on he travelled to Abidjan in  Cote d’Ivoire, in search of a new direction. 

Full of  fascinating locations and scene photos from the heady late ‘70s and ‘80s  NYC, and as with the other titles in the series, Desperately Seeking Basquiat  also features great maps, short punchy texts and insightful quotes from  Basquiat’s contemporaries. For anyone into Basquiat, this delicious  volume, with its cute format, really packs a punch. For anyone wanting  to know more, much more, about the man behind some of the coolest, most  iconic art of the 20th Century, it’s indispensable.


  • Hardcover :  128 pages 
  • Product Dimensions :  5.25 x 0.75 x 7 inches 
  • Publisher :  Gingko Press Inc. (November 19, 2019)