Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Notebooks

Jean-Michel Basquiat


Princeton University Press, 2015. Hardcover, 304pp., 7.6 x 9.7 inches


A key figure in the New York art scene, Basquiat inventively explored the interplay between words and images throughout his career, first as a member of SAMO, a graffiti group active on the Lower East Side in the late 1970s, and then as a painter acclaimed for his unmistakable Neoexpressionist style. From 1980 to 1987, he filled numerous working notebooks with drawings and handwritten texts. This facsimile edition reproduces the pages of eight of these fascinating and rarely seen notebooks for the first time.