Author(s): Leonhard Emmerling
This title is about one of the most admired artists to emerge from the 1980s art boom. From the streets of New York to the walls of its most prominent galleries, young graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) was catapulted to international fame in his early 20s and died of a drug-overdose at 27. The subject of a feature film by fellow artist Julian Schnabel, Basquiat is one of the most admired artists to emerge from the 1980s art boom. Every book in TASCHEN's "Basic Art Series" features: a detailed chronological summary of the artist's life and work, covering the cultural and historical importance of the artist; approximately 100 color illustrations with explanatory captions; and a concise biography.
Leonhard Emmerling received his doctorate from the University of Heidelberg for a thesis entitled "Kunsttheorie Jean Dubuffets.' Since 2002 he has been working as an author and contemporary art exhibition curator in Berlin, Kaiserslautern, Krefeld and Ludwigsburg, Germany. He is currently director of St Paul Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand, and curator of the New Zealand pavilion at the Venice Biennial in 2009. His previous publications include TASCHEN's Jean-Michel Basquiat.