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XXL books are a minimum 39 cm (15.4 in.)

Jean-Michel Basquiat

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Get up close to the bold brushwork and scribbled words of Jean-Michel Basquiat, one of the most successful artists of his time. This XXL-sized monograph gathers Basquiat’s major works in pristine reproduction. Texts by editor Hans Werner Holzwarth and curator and art historian Eleanor Nairne introduce us to a legend synonymous with 1980s New York.
Hardcover, 29 x 39.5 cm, 4.93 kg, 500 pages, with 5 fold-outs

“The most complete monograph on Basquiat that exists.”

El País

“A cult object composed of exceptional reproductions of Basquiat's most important paintings, drawings, and sketches.”

XXL books are a minimum 39 cm (15.4 in.)
Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat


Brilliant Basquiat

The most comprehensive edition to date

The legend of Jean-Michel Basquiat is as strong as ever. Synonymous with New York in the 1980s, the artist first appeared in the late 1970s under the tag SAMO, spraying caustic comments and fragmented poems on the walls of the city. He appeared as part of a thriving underground scene of visual arts and graffiti, hip hop, post-punk, and DIY filmmaking, which met in a booming art world. As a painter with a strong personal voice, Basquiat soon broke into the established milieu, exhibiting in galleries around the world.

Basquiat’s expressive style was based on raw figures and integrated words and phrases. His work is inspired by a pantheon of luminaries from jazz, boxing, and basketball, with references to arcane history and the politics of street life—so when asked about his subject matter, Basquiat answered “royalty, heroism and the streets.” In 1983 he started collaborating with the most famous of art stars, Andy Warhol, and in 1985 was on the cover of The New York Times Magazine. When Basquiat died at the age of 27, he had become one of the most successful artists of his time.

This book allows an unprecedented insight into Basquiat’s art, with pristine reproductions of his most seminal paintings, drawings, and notebook sketches. In large-scale format, the book offers vivid proximity to Basquiat’s intricate marks and scribbled words, further illuminated by an introduction to the artist from editor Hans Werner Holzwarth, as well as an essay on his themes and artistic development from curator and art historian Eleanor Nairne. Richly illustrated year-by-year chapter breaks follow the artist’s life and quote from his own statements and contemporary reviews to provide both personal background and historical context.
The editor

Hans Werner Holzwarth is a book designer and editor specializing in contemporary art and photography. His TASCHEN publications include the Collector’s Editions Jeff Koons, Christopher Wool, Albert Oehlen, Neo Rauch, Ai Weiwei, Beatriz Milhazes, Julian Schnabel, Georg Baselitz, Glenn Brown, the David Hockney SUMO A Bigger Book, as well as monographs such as the XXL-sized Jean-Michel Basquiat.

The author

Eleanor Nairne is a curator at the Barbican Art Gallery. She has worked on a number of critically acclaimed exhibitions and publications, including Basquiat: Boom for Real (2017) and Imran Qureshi: Where the Shadows are so Deep (2016). Prior to the Barbican, she was curator of the Artangel Collection at Tate. She is a regular catalogue essayist, a writer for frieze, and a previous Jerwood Writer in Residence.

Jean-Michel Basquiat
Hardcover, 29 x 39.5 cm, 4.93 kg, 500 pages, with 5 fold-outs

ISBN 978-3-8365-5037-6

Edition: English
Multilingual Edition (ISBN 978-3-8365-7253-8):
English edition with Italian and Spanish translations in a booklet.
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26 Ratings


Bert,October 29, 2021
Basquiat's an amazing story in itself. And his connection with Warhol launched him into stardom. This book is a beautiful tribute to an extraordinary person and artist.

Amazing book about an extraordinary artist

Anonymous,October 28, 2021
The book is an outstanding collection of the artists masterpieces in a high quality product.

An amazing compilation of Basquiat's artwork

Francisco,October 28, 2021
This book is perfectly edited and contains most of Basquiat's pieces. It's big size makes it even better!

Stunning Basquiat

Rufat,October 28, 2021
Wow—just wow. Stunning, magnificent and enormous volume (14 pounds!) on the great Basquiat. Arrived brand spanking new, sealed in shrinkwrap and encased in special collector’s cardboard box that gives it an added sense of grandeur, this volume is in itself a kind of mini art work that I will cherish for years to come.


Jerry,October 28, 2021
Wow! Yes. So.. this book is incredible! It is MASSIVE! This book contains so much material. Finally an extensive collection of Basquiat and his work gathered in one amazing Taschen edition. Definitely one of my favorite books. The big format is great (and MASSIVE!). It is a joy to look through. You do need a bigger coffee table or a dedicated spot for this book. It is not easy to hide, and you obviously don't want to hide it. It is beautiful. I love it!