Widow Basquiat

A Memoir

He smells of leather, oil paint, tobacco, marijuana and the faint metallic smell of cocaine. He wears handmade wool sweaters and long Mexican ponchos. He never walks in a straight line. He zigzags wherever he is going
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A tender and moving account of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s life as seen through the eyes of his muse


Jean-Michel Basquiat’s transition from the subways to the chic gallery spaces of Manhattan brought the artist into the company of many of New York’s established and aspiring stars. Unable to deal with the demands that his new fame brought, in 1987, at the age of twenty-seven Basquiat, the most successful black visual artist in history, died from a heroin overdose.

Widow Basquiat is an exploration of the artist as seen through the eyes of his muse, Suzanne. It is a love story like no other.

“Engrossing … Clement offers far more clues to the cryptic symbols which litter his paintings than any art critic could”
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“A compelling book that leaves a giant sized lump in the throat … A vivid portrait of Basquiat, powerfully evoking his inventiveness as an artist”
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“The kind of book that makes you want to take the next flight to New York”
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Widow Basquiat is truly unique and continues to resonate long after you’ve closed the final page.”
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Jennifer Clement is a poet, biographer and novelist, and the current president of PEN International. She is also the author of the novels A True Story Based on Lies, Prayers for the Stolen and The Poison that Fascinates. She was part of the NYC art scene during the early eighties but she now lives in Mexico City. She was recently the recipient of the Systema Nacional de Credadores. She is also co-founder and director of the San Miguel Poetry Week.

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