New York: Little, Brown & Co., 2017. First Edition. Small Folio. (28 cm.) Unpaginated. Ills. Illustrated dust jacket. Illustrated boards. Fine. Item #98
Winner of the Caldecott Award, "Radiant Child" is the biography of artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat. Artist and illustrator, Javaka Steptoe, visually recreates Basquiat's journey from his early childhood in Brooklyn, to his rise as a street artist in the 1980s, to his domination of the art galleries of New York City. Steptoe's exuberant illustrations in "Radiant Child" are in imitation of Basquiat's most stunning techniques such as using bright acrylic colors on wooden boards and found objects. And as this is a children's book, Steptoe quickly reveals that the driving force behind Basquiat's art remained his deep love for his loving Mother. Signed by the author.