Basquiat: Boom for Real Catalogue
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Basquiat: Boom for Real Catalogue


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Focusing on Basquiat’s extraordinary breadth of influences, from graffiti to bebop jazz to Hollywood cinema, this exciting new book charts his ground-breaking career.

Basquiat: Boom for Real is the first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988). A pioneering prodigy of the downtown New York art scene, Basquiat came to the media’s attention in 1978 when he teamed up with his classmate Al Diaz to graffiti enigmatic statements across the city under the collective pseudonym SAMO©, before swiftly becoming one of the most celebrated artists of his generation.

Designed by A Practice for Everyday Life, the official exhibition catalogue features essays by curators
Dieter Buchhart and Eleanor Nairne alongside new thematic texts by poet and cultural critic Christian Campbell on SAMO©; curator and writer Carlo McCormick on the 1981 exhibition New York/ New Wave; writer Glenn O’Brien on the downtown New York scene; academic Jordana Moore Saggese on Basquiat’s relationship to film and television; and music scholar Francesco Martinelli on King Zulu (1986) and Basquiat’s obsession with jazz. The publication will also feature rare photography and previously unpublished archival material.

Edited by Eleanor Nairne and Dieter Buchhart with Lotte Johnson.

The exhibition Basquiat: Boom for Real is at the Barbican from 21 Sep 2017 to 28 Jan 2018.
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Hardback, 296 pages
300 colour illustrations
Dimensions: 24cm x 28cm

Please note: Final cover artwork may differ from shown.