Nora Burnett Abrams, Alexis Adler, Kor Bonnema, Cynthia Jordans, Marc. H. Miller, Heerlen, 2017.
Hardcover, 172 pp., color + bw, 20 x 28 cm.
Published to accompany an exhibition at Schunk, Heerlen, this volume approaches the figure of Jean-Michel Basquiat not as the darling of the mid-1980s New York art scene, but as a young artist oscillating between the street and the museum, and who quickly becomes an emerging icon. His transition from graffiti artist to world-famous painter is now legendary, yet his social and artistic context mirrors the post-industrial character of the city of Heerlen, the vacancies and drug problems that followed the region’s economic downturn in the 1980s and ’90s. Special attention is given to the ‘Times Square Show’, which was a breakthrough exhibition for Basquiat and his contemporaries.