Jean-Michel Basquiat, ‘Fruitmarket Gallery Catalogue "Paintings 1981-1984"’, 1984, VINCE fine arts/ephemera
Jean-Michel Basquiat, ‘Fruitmarket Gallery Catalogue "Paintings 1981-1984"’, 1984, VINCE fine arts/ephemera

1984, published by the fruitmarket gallery in edinburgh, scotland, accompanied the artist’s first museum exhibition: jean-michel basquiat: paintings, 1981-1984. The exhibition, which was organized by mark francis, traveled from to the institute of contemporary art in london (1985) and the boymans-van beuningen museum in rotterdam (1985). The front and back covers have original designs by the artist with two quotations inscribed on the back. Edinburgh, Scotland

Signature: Not Signed

Publisher: Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

Hemphill Collection, Miami

About Jean-Michel Basquiat

A poet, musician, and graffiti prodigy in late-1970s New York, Jean-Michel Basquiat had honed his signature painting style of obsessive scribbling, elusive symbols and diagrams, and mask-and-skull imagery by the time he was 20. “I don’t think about art while I work,” he once said. “I think about life.” Basquiat drew his subjects from his own Caribbean heritage—his father was Haitian and his mother of Puerto Rican descent—and a convergence of African-American, African, and Aztec cultural histories with Classical themes and contemporary heroes like athletes and musicians. Often associated with Neo-expressionism, Basquiat received massive acclaim in only a few short years, showing alongside artists like Julian Schnabel, David Salle, and Francesco Clemente. In 1983, he met Andy Warhol, who would come to be a mentor and idol. The two collaborated on a series of paintings before Warhol’s death in 1987, followed by Basquiat’s own untimely passing a year later.

American, 1960-1988, New York, New York, based in New York, New York