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  • Paperback
  • 142 pages
  • Widow Basquiat
  • Jennifer Clement
  • English
  • 01 March 2017
  • 9781848610989

10 thoughts on “Widow Basquiat


  1. says:

    Artists biographies are usually some of the most boring books you will ever read I know this, having spent three years powering through them at university The artist is born, usually into a wealthy family, and they then go to an art college or an academy where they learn nothing and develop their own style as a rejection to everything they have been taught Then they become famous and die There it is every artists biography ever.Jennifer Clement rejects this formula Instead of writing a straightforward biography of her friend Jean Michel Basquiat, she writes about the woman who was constantly at his side Suzanne Mallouk Widow Basquiat is a fiery journey through the 1980s New York art scene It is the story of Suzanne s life, but also, of course, the life of Basquiat It moves along at a blistering pace as we switch between Clement s narrative and Mallouk s first hand accounts.The most refreshing aspect of Widow Basquiat was its effort to not become hagiographic Clement and Mallouk never once place Basquiat on a high pedestal He was a controlling and unstable drug addict He treated his closest friends awfully He gave Mallouk P.I.D which caused her to become sterile for life But he was also a genius who had...


  2. says:

    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 Jennifer Clement, Widow Basquiat The 1980s in New York were some interesting times, and Basquiat had maybe one of the most colourful lives I ve ever read about shopping with Madonna, hanging out with Gene Kelly and Andy Warhol, selling paintings to Debbie Harry Widow Basquiat is a very unconventional love story, then again Basquiat, from what I ve learned about him, epitomized unconventionality.The widow in this case is Basquiat s great love, Suzanne Mallouk, and the book goes into the strange, unique, often abusive relationship they had Suzanne seems to have been Basquiat s muse and perhaps one of the few people who got closest to really knowing him We get a sense of who Basquiat was through his widow s short reminiscent vignettes.I guess from my vantage point where I m exposed to black art and have some knowledge of black artists, it might be easy to forget that black artists were rarely accepted in the mainstream, very white, art world not so long ago and there are obviously still structural barriers One line regarding representation said by Basquiat himself really spoke to me This is why I paint, he says To get black men into museums A lot of this b...


  3. says:

    Wow, this book totally blew me away.At the young age of 15 Suzanne Mallouk left her family and home in Canada for the bright lights and gritty streets of NYC It wasn t long before she became lover and muse to the wonderfully talented Jean Michel Basquiat who was on the verge of blowing the art world away Their turbulent, passionate and ultimately doomed love affair was on again, off again for the next 8 years, from his rise to art world acclaim and deep into his downward spiral with drugs and depression.Apart from her relationship to Basquiat, Mallouk s own story is one worthy of being read With heartbreaking honesty, she shares with us both her own personal demons as well as intimate moments spent with Basquiat, the good, the bad, and indeed the ugly.Shifting back and forth between Jennifer Clement s stunningly beau...


  4. says:

    I love this book It is a poem It is about strength It is about feminism It is about marketing It is about politics It is about childhood And yes, it s about an iconic artist and one of his lovers but it s really about so much if you choose to dig deep and see it This is not for everyone Some readers who like a straightforward narrative will most likely be discouraged with the mixed voices in this fictional biography memoir of Basquiat and Suzanne Mallouk But I think Clement captures the voices with an authenticity and care that may be only attributed to her personal ties to Suzanne Mallouk, the fictional widow Living a drug and sex fuelled life of chaos in the New York and International art scene, the colorful characters come to life while we see the reality of AIDS and overdoses and other STDs at the edges of the frenetic lifestyles Jennifer Clement exposes the vulnerability of such large personalities without making them caricatures and you can see b...


  5. says:

    I wasn t that familiar with Jean Michel Basquiat and his art, other than hearing his name mentioned in other non fiction books set around the same time period that he lived and worked The 60 s 80 s NYC art scene was the perfect setting for artist memoirs But this memoir isn t really his story, but the story of his muse Suzanne Mallouk instead.This particular memoir is interesting in the way it s constructed partly told through Mallouk s own words and partly told through Jennifer Clement s prose It was clear who was speaking by the use of differing fonts, which was something that I welcomed, and the chapters are short and punchy, snapshots into Mallouk s life growing up, moving to NYC, meeting Jean Michel, and the aftermath of his death by heroin overdose.The memoir doesn t quite have the same depth as other memoirs of its ilk e.g Jus...


  6. says:

    I m always suspicious of biographies of artists Where films are concerned, there s the inevitable shaky camera scene when the artist begins to seriously lose it or ups the ante on his coke habit And regardless of the medium, while mainstream auteurs tend to excuse the subject s deplorable personality for the sake of the opus, there s a far widespread and disturbing habit of conflating one s understanding the life with an understanding of the work s function or relevance and you wind up with what I ll politely describe as a warped and insular critical feedback loop In other words, garbage based on the story of ____.I d like to argue that this book performs a careful and thoughtful dance between a personality, a relationship and the shockwaves of celebrity without indulging in a moral judgement It s a thoroughly satisfying quick read Cl...


  7. says:

    Widow Basquiat was a morbid nickname, given to me by Rene Ricard, many years before Jean Michel died When Suzanne Malouk was 15 she left her home in Canada and came to New York That s where she met Jean Michel Basquiat and where they fell in love Jennifer Clement tells the story of their doomed, drug fueled, on again, off again relationship in a series of short vignettes written almost like prose poems, and often sharing the page with Suzannes own recollections in italics Let me tell you, everybody gets ruined by something even if you re a queen in a castle something s gonna say, you re mine Like Just Kids it manages to be both an intimate portrait of two young, flawed and talented people and the love they have for each other, and a snapshot of a lost New York the underground scene of the 1980 s While it looks to the past with plenty of nostalgia, it never romanticizes Clement is brutal in her descri...


  8. says:

    I wish biographies were written as poetically as this You totally get the Jennifer Clement style in this biography but it totally works with the ups and downs of the affair between Basquiat and Mallouk.


  9. says:

    I bought this yesterday in the gift shop of the gallery where I saw a Basquiat exhibit This book is so f ing good A memoir that reads like a novel that told me everything I wanted to know about the man behind the paintings Now I can see them, the boxers and all of the crazy words and the por...


  10. says:

    This is a little gem of a book that I picked up used in hopes of finding something inspiring to read to knock me out of the real world for awhile I was drawn to its opening pages right away Each chapter provides an arresting blend of author Clement s poetic glimpses into Suzanne Mallouk s life and back story, in a series of almost impressionistic retellings, followed by Mallouk s own recountings of the same event Funny thing is this memoir brought me back to my own real world of living in NYC in the mid 1980s Certain portions of the downtown club and art scenes are vividly recreated here not that I was any expert back then but the bigger story is the relationship between Basquiat and Suzanne, with Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, and other art world luminaries making regular appearances What made this book especially poignant for me were the segments on police brutality victim Michael Stewart someone Suzanne knew well and whose case is well publicized online, even 33 years later This detail and ...

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