Basquiat: a quick killing in art

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Penguin Books, Sep 1, 1999 - Art - 400 pages
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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.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, theEast 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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User Review  - Maureen - Goodreads

It's not that this book didn't contain any facts about Basquiat's life; it's certainly a salacious and tabloid-style read, which can be entertaining. it was just devoid of depth and any sort of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jerry Peace - Goodreads

This is both an exhilarating and profoundly sad book. The New York art world of the 80's-experimental, energetic, frantic even, with a synthetic skin of visual and music. Basquiat attacking his ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER two THE NOTSOBRAVE NEW ART WORLD
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CHAPTER three SAMO IS BORN
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About the author (1999)

Phoebe Hoban has written for New York magazine, Vanity Fair, The New York Observer, Vogue, The New york Times, and GQ. She lives in New York City.

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