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Art Masters: Basquiat

Words by Julian Voloj

Art by Søren Mosdal

Paperback, 136 pp, $19.99

The dazzling, provocative work of Jean-Michel Basquiat would come to define the vibrant New York art scene of the late '70s and early '80s. Punk, jazz, graffiti, hip-hop: his work drew heavily on the cultural trappings of Lower Manhattan, to which he fled – from Brooklyn – at the age of 15. This stunning graphic novel captures the dramatic life and exhilarating times of the archetypal New York artist, covering everything from the SAMO graffiti project to his first solo show, from his early meetings with Andy Warhol to the development of the addiction that would cost him his life.

 Today, Basquiat's influence can be seen not only in fine art but in fashion, design and music. Now, for the first time, his remarkable story is told in graphic novel form – and his work is shown to be more important, his themes more urgent, than ever before.

Julian Voloj

Julian Voloj was born in Germany to Colombian parents. He's the author of a number of graphic novels, including the critically acclaimed Ghetto Brother, which told the story of a historic gang truce that paved the way for hip-hop, and The Artist Behind Superman: The Joe Shuster Story. He lives with his wife and two sons in New York City.

Søren Mosdal

Søren Glosimodt Mosdal is a Danish comics artist and newspaper illustrator. He is the author of numerous comic books, including Feuerwerk and Eric Le Rouge: roi de l'hiver. He is a member of the Finnish Kuti Kuti comics association. Born in Nairobi, he now lives in Copenhagen.