APRIL 29, 2019

Basquiat: 'A Portrait'

Presented for the first time, and exclusive to Vero, discover Richard Corman's monograph on the iconic artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

In the course of a celebrated career, photographer Richard Corman has worked with a diverse array of iconic subjects from Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela to Hollywood icons and music royalty, but he's also noted for the images he's made with artists on the cusp of fame.

One such collaboration was with the late neo-expressionist artist Jean-Michel Basquiat whose innovative work has captivated successive generations. In 2017 his painting “1982” sold at auction for $110.5m, but back in 1984 when Richard Corman met the young artist he was very much on the rise. It was clear to Corman even then that he was dealing with a rare talent and compelling persona.

Commissioned to photograph Basquiat for L’Uomo Vogue, Corman walked into the artist’s studio at 57 Great Jones Street for the first time and set about capturing what he called “the human spirit behind the art”.


During the one hour shoot in June 1984, Corman shot 79 frames which form the basis of an extraordinary new book: Basquiat: ‘A Portrait’.

A limited edition publication of 500 books (each signed and numbered by Richard Corman), Basquiat: ‘A Portrait’ features 12 large format images (nine monochrome and three in color), seven contact sheets and housed in a blood red, hand-made slipcase and the interior portfolio unfolds to nearly 4 metres (13 feet).

Designed by NJG Studio, Basquiat: ‘A Portrait’ is available for purchase exclusively on Vero.


More on

iOS Android
Serena Obligato