Palacio Episcopal de Málaga, 1996 First edition Softcover with dust jacket, 168 pages, 230 x 290 mm Text in Spanish and English Condition: Fine
Jean-Michel Basquiat’s dramatic life and iconic paintings—which variously feature obsessive scribbling, enigmatic symbols, diagrams, and iconography—make him one of the most famous artists of the 20th century. The self-taught painter embraced graffiti before committing to a studio practice.
Across his oeuvre, Basquiat drew on his own Caribbean heritage; a convergence of African American, African, and Aztec cultural histories; classical themes; and pop cultural figures including athletes and musicians. The immediacy and intellectual depth of his paintings won him widespread acclaim both before and after his untimely death at the age of 27.
Published in conjunction with a 1996 exhibition in Málaga, Spain of twenty-two works by Basquiat, the book includes an essay by Richard Marshall along with a transcribed reminiscence of the artist between Fred "Fab 5 Freddy" Braithwaite and Ingrid Sischy, completed with the artist's biography, history and bibliography.
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