New York Beat (aka Downtown 81)

Jean Michel Basquiat


Edition : First / Tokyo / Petit Grand / 2001 / Hardcover. / Near Fine / VG+
4to, 112pp. Unbleached boards in like dustwrapper and Obi. Numerous Colour and Black & White plates. Text in English and Japanese.

Wonderful photo documentary of Bertoglio and O’Brien’s film Downtown 81, the Fiorucci funded lower eastside masterpiece. Features Basquiat and his very early work, Maripol, Amos Poe, James Chance, Blondie, Madonna and lots of NY post punk faces. A superb document of a place and time that no longer exists.

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