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Jean-Michael Basquait; Marshall, Richard. Whitney Museum of America, 1982.
A really great exhibition catalogue with large pages, ample space between each image, essays with comparative illustrations at the front and pictures at the back. Simple things like that make all the difference; the same principles as curating an exhibition.
Basqauit painted for only 9 years before his untimely, drug-related death. He was of Anglo/Carribean/Hispanic descent; something which was to define his identity as a working artist of 1980s America, in which racial tension lingered on.
This book name drops more straightforward influences - Picasso, Twombly, Dubuffet, Warhol, Rauschenberg, Franz Kline, Pollock, Charlie Parker, Jack Kerouac, Wiliam Burroughs - and some less obvious and illuminating, such as Da Vinci.