Book Excerpt: A Legend Told Anew in ‘Basquiat: A Graphic Novel’

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s 27 years on this earth have not exactly gone undocumented. There have been biographies, retrospective shows, documentary, narrative films — the works — and they’re not stopping anytime soon (The Guggenheim’s ‘Basquiat’s “Defacement”: The Untold Story’ opens next week).

But Paolo Parisi has found a new way to tell the influential visual artist’s story: via visual art. Basquiat: A Graphic Novel (out now, from LKP Hardcover) treats Basquiat like the...

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