Brooklyn Museum of Art. Exhibit Catalog.

Make time to see "Jean-Michel Baquiat: The Unknown Notebooks" at the Brooklyn Museum, now through August 23. Be sure to include a hand-held tour through the exhibition catalog by Tsang Seymour:

"Virtually a show in portable form, this publication reproduces everything on view in color, with some of the notebook pages near actual size. It helps even to browse the catalog in the discreet gift shop at the show’s conclusion. “
--Roberta Smith, April 2, 2015
Jean-Michel Basquiat’s ‘Unknown Notebooks’ at the Brooklyn Museum

Created to accompanying their major traveling exhibition, the Brooklyn Museum of Art created this first-ever survey of the rarely seen notebooks of Basquiat features the artist’s handwritten notes, poems, and drawings, along with related works on paper and large-scale paintings. With no formal training, Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988) succeeded in developing a new and expressive style to become one of the most influential artists in the postmodern revival of figurative during the 1980s. In a series of notebooks from the early to mid-1980s, never before exhibited, Basquiat combined text and images reflecting his engagement with the countercultures of graffiti and hip-hop in New York City, as well as pop culture and world events. Filled with handwritten texts, poems, pictograms, and drawings, many of them iconic images that recur throughout his artwork—teepees, crowns, skeleton-like silhouettes, and grimacing masks—and these notebooks reveal much about the artist’s creative process and the importance of the written word in his aesthetic. With over 150 notebook pages and numerous drawings and paintings, this important book sheds new light on Basquiat’s career and his critical place in contemporary art history.

246 pages,  9.9 x 1 x 11.8 inches, Published by Skira Rizzoli, 2015