Writing the Future

Jean-Michel Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation



ISBN: 9780878468713 Category:


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

Jean-Michel Basquiat was among the best known of these emerging artists. He and his fellow creators – including A-One, Fab Five Freddy, Futura, Keith Haring, Kool Koor, LA2, Lady Pink, Lee QuiƱones, Rammellzee and Toxic – became avant-garde leaders infiltrating and reshaping the predominantly white art world. This book captures the energy, inventiveness, and resistance unleashed when hip-hop went ‘all city’.

Additional information

Weight 1318 g
Dimensions 27.5 x 32.9 cm
Publisher name MFA Publications
Publication date 15 June 2020
Number of pages 240
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Liz Munsell and Greg Tate, Contributions by J. Faith Almiron, Dakota DeVos, Hua Hsu, and Carlo McCormick
Dimensions 27.5 x 32.9 cm
Weight 1318 g
Liz Munsell is Lorraine and Alan Bressier Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Greg Tate is a New York-based writer, musician and cultural provocateur.