From the streets of New York to the walls of its most prominent galleries, young graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) was catapulted to international fame in his early 20s and died of a drug-overdose at 27. The subject of a feature film by fellow artist Julian Schnabel, Basquiat is one of the most admired artists to emerge from the 1980s art boom. This book explores his short but prolific career.
Leonhard Emmerling received his doctorate from the University of Heidelberg for a thesis titled ‘Kunsttheorie Jean Dubuffets’. Since 2010 he has headed the Visual Arts Division at the Goethe Institute’s head office in Munich and was previously active as a curator at various art institutions in Germany. His publications include TASCHEN’s Jean-Michel Basquiat and Jackson Pollock.
About the series
Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Art series features:
a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance
a concise biography
approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions
"This Spring, TASCHEN is releasing one of the most highly-anticipated books of the year, a book simply titled, Basquiat. Leonhard Emmerling has compiled what looks to be one of the more detailed explorations on Basquiat to date."