Phoebe Hoban

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Basquiat: A Quick Killing in Art

Phoebe Hoban’s Basquiat, the first biography of this charismatic figure, chronicles the meteoric success and overnight burnout that made Basquiat an instant artworld myth. As much the portrait of an era as the portrait of an artist, Basquiat is an incisive expose of the 80’s art market that paints a vivid picture of the rise and fall of the graffiti movement, the East Village art scene and the out-of-control auction houses. Basquiat resurrects both the painter and his time.

A 2004 afterward by the author brings the Basquiat saga up to date, including his record-setting multi-million dollar auction prices.

Selected Works

Biography
Alice Neel: The Art of Not Sitting Pretty
Phoebe Hoban's "Alice Neel: The Art of Not Sitting Pretty," the first major biography of this major 20th century artist to be published on December 7 by St. Martin's Press
Basquiat: A Quick Killing in Art
The first biography of this celebrated artist, a national bestseller and New York Times Notable book of the year. “Compulsively readable….Hoban’s depiction of the glitzy 1980s art world is deadline accurate.
-Patricia Bosworth, The New York Times Book Review
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