Basquiat's Defacement

Basquiat's Defacement

The Untold Story

Book - 2019
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Jean-Michel Basquiat painted 'Defacement' (The Death of Michael Stewart) in 1983 to commemorate the death of a young, black artist who died from injuries sustained while in police custody after being arrested for allegedly tagging a New York City subway station. Published to accompany a focused exhibition of Basquiat's response to anti-black racism and police brutality, this catalogue explores a chapter in the artist's career through both the lens of his identity and the Lower East Side as a nexus of activism in the early 1980s.
Publisher: New York : Guggenheim Museum, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780892075485
Branch Call Number: 759.13 B2932L 2019
Characteristics: 153 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm


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Defacement (The Death of Michael Stewart) was in direct response to an event that rocked the New York City art community. In 1983, 25-year-old artist Michael Stewart died from injuries sustained while in police custody after being arrested. This volume, published alongside the Basquiat exhibition... Read More »

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