Jean-Michel Basquiat became a galvanizing, iconic frontrunner of the transformational and insurgent movement in contemporary American art that resulted from an unprecedented fusion of hip-hop culture, music and graffiti in 1980s New York. Young artists who freely sampled from their urban experiences and their largely Black, Latinx and immigrant histories infused the downtown art scene with expressionist, pop and graffiti-inspired compositions.
Writing the Future features Basquiat’s works alongside those by his contemporaries, and sometimes collaborators: A-One, ERO, Fab 5 Freddy, Futura, Keith Haring, Kool Koor, LA2, Lady Pink, Lee Quiñones, Rammellzee and Toxic. With contributions from Carlo McCormick, Liz Munsell, Hua Hsu, J. Faith Almiron and Greg Tate, Writing the Future captures the energy, inventiveness and resistance unleashed when hip-hop hit the city - and the art world. Item #1241.