WhatMuseums & Galleries
6 years +
21/09/2017 - 28/01/2018
Silk Street, London
21 September– 28 January
Tickets: £16, under 14s free
Basquiat: Boom for Real
Discover the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the pioneering artist of the 1980s downtown New York art scene. This first-ever exhibition brings together an outstanding selection of more than 100 works from international museums and private collections.
Engage in the creativity of Basquiat who worked with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Blondie and many more. Featuring rare film, photography and archive material, the show captures the spirit of this self-taught artist, poet, DJ and musician.
Watch the teaser video below!
Basquiat: Boom for Real at the Barbican is a gritty and glorious celebration of an artist that is 'one of the most significant painters of the 20th century' but who has never had a exhibition in the UK until now. Two (original) Banksy murals have been spotted in the tunnel outside the Barbican which highlights quite how much of a noise this exhibition is making in the art world.
It is a powerfully uplifting display of pure creative genius and children will LOVE it.
Basquiat was a high school dropout with no formal training in art and fully immersed in the downtown New York scene. The exhibition is teeming with the background soundtrack of blues and rap and the footage of the underground clubs of 1970s New York are hugely evocative, giving a powerful sense of where Basquiat is placed in history.
A display cabinet of the postcards he sold on the street for a dollar a go are simply wonderful as are the record sleeves, ceramics, and notebooks of his poetry and drawings.
His collaboration with Andy Warhol speaks of an era where boundaries were being pushed aside and a freedom in art and expression was very much alive giving rise to spontaneous creativity.
The graffiti is subtle and clever and the larger pieces hugely impressive with symbols, signs and words from the bible mixed with telephone numbers.
His innate intelligence is clear in his use of ancient myth, cartoon and beat poetry and the fact that he hadn’t had any formal training in art is encouraging to everyone not to shy away from expressing themselves creatively.
It’s a wonderful exhibition for children of all ages, possibly best for over 7s but his childish style and the colourful craziness of his work will appeal to all ages. Basquiat was clearly an immensely talented artist and super cool dude and this inspiring and life-enhancing exhibition is hugely important, perhaps now more than ever.
21 September– 28 January
Tickets: £16, under 14s free
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