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Street cred – the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat

— September 2015

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Jean-Michel Basquiat, page 147 of Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Notebooks  Collection of Larry Warsh/© Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, all rights reserved/Licensed by Artestar

Alexander Adams looks at a selection of books about one of America’s most distinctive artists

The current enthusiasm for, and market recognition of, Street Art is not new. By 1980, New York City had a new art star who was blurring the boundary between graffiti and fine art: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–88). Four recent publications cover different aspects of Basquiat’s prodigious output of over 600 paintings and 1,500 drawings (or 1,000 and 2,000 respectively, according...

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