Fondation Dina Vierny-Mus e Maillon, Paris, 1997 First edition Softcover, 192 pages, 235 x 275 mm Text in French and English Condition: Near Fine
Because of the volume and the significance of his work, Jean-Michel Basquiat has undoubtedly made history in modern art. In his short life, he managed to enter the pantheon of artists who, at the height of their creative process, perished prematurely. From an early age, Basquiat fascinated the public with the power and originality of his art. A real comet of modern painting, he is reminiscent of a present-time Icarus, who went too high, too fast. Basquiat died suddenly at the age of 27, and his work, as fertile as diverse, appeared to be the response of his experience to the period that it covered.
Basquiat's use of graffiti during his adolescence marked his later artistic interest in uniting text and image in his compositions. His drawings confront symbols, words, phrases and the human figure, especially the Black Man. He intended to be a spokesperson for his Afro-Caribbean community and wanted to become the first great Black painter. All his work focuses on the clash between idioms, words and figures. Covering walls and paper with incised drawings or pictograms is a reference to the origin and the birth of art, in a temptation to rediscover the first step, the first trace.
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