Basquiat by Julian Voloj & Søren MosdalBooks / Debut Books
By Julian Voloj & Søren Mosdal
$24.99, Published by SelfMadeHero
The dazzling, provocative work of Jean-Michel Basquiat would come to define the vibrant New York art scene of the late ’70s and early ’80s. Punk, jazz, graffiti, hip-hop: his work drew heavily on the cultural trappings of Lower Manhattan, to which he fled – from Brooklyn – at the age of 15.
Julian Voloj and Søren Mosdal meld biographical research with speculation to capture the inner and outer lives of the archetypal New York artist. Grounded in true events, from the SAMO graffiti project to encounters with Andy Warhol, this semi-fictionalised biography is propelled by a clash between the artist and his demons.
Basquiat shows a man grappling with questions of art and love, fame and friendship, while creating work which today, three decades on from his death at 27, shines brighter than ever before.