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  • ISBN: 9780140236095
  • ISBN10: 0140236090

Basquiat: A Quick Killing in Art

by Hoban, Phoebe A

  • List Price: $15.95
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Publish date: 09/01/1999
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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. Basquiat's 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. A legend in his own lifetime, Basquiat became a fixture in the downtown scene and got involved with many of the period's most celebrated personalities, including Keith Hating, Andy Warhol, and Madonna.<P>Phoebe Hoban's Basquiat, the first biography of this charismatic figure, charts the trajectory from artist's troubled childhood to his volatile passage through the art world of white dealers and nouveau-riche collectors. As much the portrait of an era as the portrait of an artist, Basquiat is an incisive expose of the eighties art market that paints a vivid picture of the rise and fall of the graffiti movement, the East Village art scene, the avaricious dealers, and the out-of-control auction houses. Ten years after the artist's death, Basquiat resurrects both the painter and his time.
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