The legend of Jean-Michel Basquiat is as strong as ever. Synonymous with 1980s New York, the artist first appeared in the late 1970s under the tag SAMO, spraying caustic comments and fragmented poems on the walls of the city. He appeared as part of a thriving underground scene of visual arts and graffiti, hip hop, post-punk and DIY filmmaking, which met in a booming art world. As a painter with a strong personal voice, Basquiat soon broke into the established milieu, exhibiting in galleries around the world. This unprecedented insight into Basquiat’s art is a celebration of TASCHEN’s 40th anniversary. With pristine reproductions of his most seminal paintings, drawings and sketches, it offers vivid proximity to Basquiat’s intricate marks and scribbled words.