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Writing the future, Basquiat and the hip-hop generation, edited by Liz Munsell and Greg Tate ; with contributions by J. Faith Almiron, Dakota DeVos, Hua Hsu, and Carlo McCormick - hardcover

In the early 1980s, art and writing labeled as graffiti transitioned from New York City walls and subway trains onto canvas and into art galleries. Young artists who freely sampled from their urban experiences and their largely black, Latino and immigrant histories infused the downtown art scene with expressionist, pop and graffiti-inspired compositions. Jean-Michel Basquiat was among the best known of these emerging artists. He and his fellow creators - including A-One, ERO, Fab 5 Freddy, Futura, Keith Haring, Kool Koor, LA2, Lady Pink, Lee Quiñones, Rammellzee and Toxic - became avant-garde leaders infiltrating and reshaping the predominantly white art world. This book captures the energy, inventiveness, and resistance unleashed when hip-hop went 'all city'.00Exhibition: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA (05.04.-02.08.2020)
Table Of Contents
Director's foreword -- In the beginning was the word: an origin story / Carlo McCormick -- Heroism, gangsterism: the languages of post-graffiti art / Liz Munsell -- Beat bop: record of a moment / Hua Hsu -- We are the upsetters: the social consciousness of Basquiat and Rammellzee / J. Faith Almiron -- Hip-hop's Afrofuturistic hive mind / Greg Tate -- Timeline of exhibitions -- Artist biographies -- Notes -- List of illustrations -- Acknowledgments -- Contributors
Literary Form
non fiction
First edition.
"Published in conjunction with the exhibition Writing the future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop generation, organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston."
Physical Description
199 pages, illustrations (chiefly color), 28 cm

Library Locations

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