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Basquiat-isms

by Jean-Michel Basquiat Princeton University Press
Pub Date:
05/2019
ISBN:
9780691192833
Format:
Hbk 144 pages
Price:
AU$24.99 NZ$26.08
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A collection of essential quotations from artistic and cultural icon Jean-Michel Basquiat


 


One of the most important artists of the late twentieth century, Jean-Michel Basquiat explored the interplay of words and images throughout his career, from his early days as a member of the New York City graffiti duo SAMO through his years as a celebrated painter with an instantly recognizable style. In his paintings, notebooks, and interviews, he showed himself to be a powerful and creative writer and speaker as well as image-maker. Basquiat-isms is a collection of essential quotations from this cultural icon and godfather of urban culture. In these brief, compelling, and memorable selections, taken from his interviews as well as his visual and written works, Basquiat writes and speaks about culture, his artistic persona, the art world, artistic influence, race, urban life, and many other subjects. Concise, direct, forceful, poetic, and enigmatic, Basquiat's words, like his art, continue to resonate.


 


Select quotations from the book:



  • “Love is a lie. Love = liar. ”

  • “I feel like a citizen it's time to go and come back a drifter. ”

  • “I cross out words so you will see them more; the fact that they are obscured makes you want to read them. ”

  • “I think there are a lot of people that are neglected in art, I don't know if it's because of who made the paintings or what, but, um . . . black people are never really portrayed realistically or I mean not even portrayed in modern art. ”

  • “It all depends who you are on what street. ”



 


 


 


 

"This important and entertaining book exposes Basquiat's preoccupations, his creative contradictions, his humor, and his soul. To hear him explaining his artistic process, methods of revision, and sense of the world is to hear a voice of wisdom beyond his age."'Adam Bradley, author of Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–88) was an American artist. He has been the subject of retrospectives at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Serpentine Gallery, the Brooklyn Museum, the Foundation Beyeler, Fondation Louis Vuitton, and the Barbican, among other venues, and his work is in the permanent collections of major museums around the world. Larry Warsh is the editor of Basquiat's Notebooks and two books by Ai Weiwei, Humanity and Weiwei-isms (all Princeton). Warsh was an early collector of Basquiat and a member of the Basquiat Authentication Committee.