Jean-Michel Basquiat

This large monograph accompanying an exhibition at Gagosian Gallery New York, thirty years after Larry Gagosian first presented Basquiat in Los Angeles in the early 1980s, features over fifty works from public and private collections. Access to a wealth of documentary images, portraits, and personal texts by Robert Farris Thompson and the late René Ricard lend an intimacy to the volume. It is an invitation to reconsider Basquiat’s central role in his artistic generation. Five gatefolds showcase the epic scale of works composed of multiple panels hinged together. Like Basquiats’s signature cut-up layering, the plates contrast dynamically with interspersed details, highlighting the raw energy and different sources of inspiration that characterize Basquait's creative output.