The Barbican To Host UK's First Major Basquiat Exhibition

Jean-Michel Basquiat, arguably one of the most prolific artists to hale from the cultural movement of the 80s New York art scene, will be honoured with the first UK exhibition entirely dedicated to him.

On display at the Barbican, Basquiat: Boom for Real will explore the origins of his career and his relationship with television, film, music and text.

Hollywood Africans, 1983. (Photo: Jean-Michel Basquiat/Barbican)

Hollywood Africans, 1983. (Photo: Jean-Michel Basquiat/Barbican)

Coming 28 years after the prodigy's death, the show will attempt to recreate his first ever show (at gallery PS1 in 1981, the year known as his breakout) and will feature over 100 pieces. Both cult and lesser-known paintings, drawings, and notebooks will be on display alongside rare film, photography, music to capture the artist's dynamism.

Barbican’s Head of Visual Arts explained in the show’s press release:

 

“The creative brilliance and emotive power of Basquiat continues to have a huge impact and influence on a wide range of artists, filmmakers, and musicians. This will, therefore, be a rare opportunity for visitors to see a huge body of some of his most famous and also little-known works in one place.”

 

Considering the influence Basquiat has had on the art world, it's odd that his work has never been publicly displayed in the UK until now - in fact, not a single UK gallery owns a Basquiat work.

(Photo: Jean-Michel Basquiat/Barbican)

(Photo: Jean-Michel Basquiat/Barbican)

"Basquiat: Boom for Real" will be on display at The Barbican, London, from 21 September 2017 -28 January 2018.

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