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Widow Basquiat
     

Widow Basquiat

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by Jennifer Clement
 

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In this extraordinary and unusual book, Jennifer Clement explores the turbulent relationships that Jean-Michel Basquiat had with his muse Suzanne Malouk and with the art establishment. The result is a distressing yet beautiful profile of a strange, powerful love striving to flourish in the face of horrendous outside pressures. And while Suzanne held firm, Basquiat

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In this extraordinary and unusual book, Jennifer Clement explores the turbulent relationships that Jean-Michel Basquiat had with his muse Suzanne Malouk and with the art establishment. The result is a distressing yet beautiful profile of a strange, powerful love striving to flourish in the face of horrendous outside pressures. And while Suzanne held firm, Basquiat sought refuge in a fatal heroin addiction. Widow Basquiat also presents an eye-witness account of the drug-fueled insanity of the New York art scene of the 1980s.

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“Sublime, poetic…[Clement] chronicles her close friend Suzanne Mallouk’s love affair with Basquiat in elegant, spare, riveting prose…A powerful female coming of age story…A harrowing, beautifully told love story about two seekers colliding in a pivotal moment in history, and setting everything, including themselves, on fire.”—Rebecca Walker for NPR

"A beautifully evocative, poetic memoir ... Basquiat was aware of the criteria with which posterity would judge him. Widow Basquiat should be part of those criteria." -The Herald 
 
"An engrossing narrative... Clement offers far more clues to the cryptic symbols which litter his [Basquiat’s] paintings than any art critic could." -The Times
 
"A brilliant account of the relationship between Basquiat and his muse and lover ... a compelling book that leaves a giant sized lump in the throat ... Clement hypnotises us with a vivid portrait of Basquiat, powerfully evoking his inventiveness as an artist." -Independent on Sunday

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848610989
Publisher:
Shearsman Books
Publication date:
01/15/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.34(d)

Meet the Author

JENNIFER CLEMENT has studied literature in New York and Paris. She was awarded the NEA Fellowship for Literature for her novel Prayers for the Stolen, which was the first book she published in the United States. Former President of PEN Mexico, Clement currently lives in Mexico City. 

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Widow Basquiat 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The life of Basquiat as been glamorized, largely by the film of the same name. This (very) inside look at his day-to-day life is alternately mortifying, cautionary, exhilarating and ultimately tragic. It is constructed like a work of art and reads quickly and requires your attention to detail. New cover, I guess re-printed. Viva JMB!
Eclectic48 More than 1 year ago
Read it for the beautiful writing. Fresh and innovative, it is alternately lyrical and minimal but always moving. Read it for the fascinating life story of Suzanne and her relationship with the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Read it for the history of art, for the social history of New York in the 1980's, or for any number of other informational reasons. But mostly, read it for the beautiful writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
book had me sooo captivated that i couldn't put it down my obsession with Basquiat was heighten as i got a glimpse of his everyday life