Famous at the age of 20 for his drawings and corrosive paintings against the current, Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) upset the New York art scene in the early eighties. He owes his international reputation to highly expressive works that address topics such as racism, politics or social hypocrisy. Although his career was abruptly interrupted by his untimely death at the age of 27, his work continues to exert tremendous influence. Published by Hatje Cantz Publishing in collaboration with the contemporary art gallery Nahmad Contemporary (New York), Jean-Michel Basquiat – Xerox offers an in-depth analysis of the extraordinary body of work that the artist created using Xerox photocopies as the main medium and focal point of the composition.
These immersive paintings glued from Xerox embody the extraordinary instinct of Basquiat in terms of visual language. Their raw and integral compositions incorporate recycled and transformed signs and inscriptions from the artist’s everyday experiences, including motifs from his earlier works. The intricate tangle of content in this series foreshadows the copy-and-paste sampling characteristic of the subsequent Internet and post-Internet generations, positioning Basquiat as a pioneer of the pre-digital era. The 216-page book, with essays by Eric Robertson and Christopher D. Stackhouse,online store of Hatje Cantz editions, as well as on Amazon.com .