This collection of paintings by the celebrated artist Jean-Michel Basquiat focuses on the deep psychological and spiritual terrain of the American South. Born in Brooklyn to a Haitian father and Puerto-Rican mother, Jean-Michel Basquiat was deeply interested in Afro-Atlantic culture and he drew upon his heritage in many of his highly acclaimed paintings. This book looks closely--for the first time--at Basquiat's southern-themed paintings. The paintings in this book are filled with references to the history and culture of the South, a place the artist visited sparingly. Insightful essays discuss the importance of Basquiat's work in relation to a subject that occupied his attention throughout his career.
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Franklin Sirmans is the Terri and Michael Smooke Department Head and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Robert O'Meally Is the Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English at Columbia University. Robert Farris Thompson is the Colonel John Trumbull Professor of the History of Art at Yale University.Review:
"While Basquiat spent little time in the South, [Franklin] Sirmans argues persuasively that his work grappled with ‘an overall tradition of synergy in the Afro-Atlantic space.’ . . . Robert G. O’Meally offers a fascinating comparative study of Basquiat’s work. . . . Robert Farris Thompson’s essay . . . combines insightful perspectives on the work with personal memories."
—The New York Times Sunday Book Review
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