Search

Search

Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love

Susan Goodwin

Martell Studios

Tokyo Bay Watches

We Dream in Colour

Museum Members Save 10%

FAMSF Publications

Exhibition Catalogues

Gift Books

New and Notable Titles

Puzzles

Games

Kids Books

Kids Crafts

Members Save 10%

Gifts Under $25

Gifts Under $100

Gifts Under $50

Best Selling Gifts

Members Save 10%

Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation

How hip-hop culture and graffiti electrified the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat and his contemporaries in 1980s New York.

In the early 1980s, art and writing labeled as graffiti began to transition 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, Latinx and immigrant histories infused the downtown art scene with expressionist, pop and graffiti-inspired compositions.

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–88) became the galvanizing, iconic frontrunner of this transformational and insurgent movement in contemporary American art, which resulted in an unprecedented fusion of creative energies that defied longstanding racial divisions. Writing the Future features Basquiat’s works in painting, sculpture, drawing, video, music and fashion, alongside works by his contemporaries—and sometimes collaborators—A-One, ERO, Fab 5 Freddy, Futura, Keith Haring, Kool Koor, LA2, Lady Pink, Lee Quiñones, Rammellzee and Toxic. Throughout the 1980s, these artists fueled new directions in fine art, design and music, reshaping the predominantly white art world and driving the now-global popularity of hip-hop culture. Hardcover, 240 pages.

7 items left

Members Save 10%

Museum members receive 10% off all items from our museum stores, including sale items and custom Art on Demand prints. Current members, please log in for your discount.