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Basquiat: a quick killing in art

Hoban, Phoebe

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ISBN 10: 0670854778 / ISBN 13: 9780670854776
Edité par Viking, 1998
Etat : Near Fine Couverture rigide
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A bright, tight edition signed by the author (Lilian Hoban's daughter) on the title page. A news clipping of Basquiat's obituary is inserted. DJ is clean & colorful; not clipped; now protected in mylar. Text is firmly bound w/clean pages. N° de réf. du libraire WS13078

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Titre : Basquiat: a quick killing in art

Éditeur : Viking

Date d'édition : 1998

Reliure : Hardcover

Illustrateur : illustrated

Etat du livre :Near Fine

Etat de la jaquette : Near Fine

Signé : Signed by Author(s)

Edition : 1st Edition

Type de livre : Book

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Painter Jean-Michel Basquiat was the Jimi Hendrix of the art world: in less than a decade he went from being a teenage graffiti writer to an international art star; he was dead of a drug overdose at age twenty-seven. A legend in his own lifetime, Basquiat's meteoric success and overnight burnout were an instant art-world myth; his brief career spanned the giddy '80s art boom and epitomized its outrageous excess, from its art dealers to its drug dealers, from its clubs to its galleries, from Madonna to Warhol. And the legend endures: the 1980s art world enfant terrible became the subject of the 1996 film Basquiat, starring Jeffrey Wright, Dennis Hopper, and David Bowie. Basquiat, the first biography of this prolific and charismatic figure, charts his trajectory from his troubled childhood to his volatile passage through the white art world of dealers and nouveau riche collectors. It is also the evocation of an era--one that fueled Basquiat's hyperactive rise to stardom and sadly predicable death.


This minutely reported book is as much a portrait of the frenzied, prodigal New York art world of the 1980s as it is a biography of Jean-Michel Basquiat, who died of a drug overdose at age 27 in 1988. Basquiat, one of very few African American artists to acquire an international reputation, left a thick web of dealers, collectors, friends, lovers, paintings, drawings, and used syringes behind him. Author Phoebe Hoban seems to have unblinkingly interviewed or examined them all. While she duly registers Basquiat's sad childhood, with his unstable Puerto Rican mother and punishing Haitian father, she doesn't make much of the deeper veins of sorrow and self-destruction that may have motivated the artist and informed his art. Rather, she allows his celebrity, which whisked him from street urchin to art star, to be the central trajectory of this story. The Warhol protégé would probably approve, as he was the primary obliterator of his own psychological depths, throwing away his short, phenomenally productive life in the edgy club and drug scene of downtown Manhattan. The miracle is that Basquiat was so good, and so serious, an artist, surrounded as he was by hype and cash. Hoban's book is a fluid, intricate, authoritative dissection of a time, a place, and--almost--a person. --Peggy Moorman

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