Widow Basquiat: A Love Story
Written in dozens of short chapters that read like poetry, this slim book gives insight into the relationship between Suzanne Mallouk and Jean-Michel Basquiat. The book itself seems like a piece of modern art. It's unlike any other biography I've ever read before. I think too often the partner of a hugely famous person gets relegated to anonymity, but Suzanne was very important to Jean-Michel as a person and a muse. In this book, a friend of Suzanne's helps to put context to Suzanne's troubled relationship with Basquiat as well as the meaning behind some of his symbols. I found the book lovely to read and extremely fascinating as a modern art lover. I encourage anyone interested in the art world around NYC in the 80s to grab this one. Though you don't need to be an art enthusiast to be interested in this complicated love story.