Rizzoli Rizzoli Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks Book


  • Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks Hardcover Book
  • Edited by Dieter Buchhart and Tricia Laughlin Bloom, Contribution by Franklin Sirmans and Christopher Stackhouse, Foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
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.