Basquiat Booms into London

One of the biggest artists of the 70s New York punk art scene has hit Londontown. Jean-Michel Basquiat’s naive and creative style has influenced many artists and street artists today. His first ever large exhibition in the UK is on at the Barbican from 21 September 2017.

An untrained and self-taught artist, Basquiat came to the limelight in 1978 when he palled up with classmate to graffiti NY streets under the pseudonym SAMO (which stood for ‘same old, same old shit’). He continued to shake up the art scene until his tragic death in 1988 at the young age of 28.

Bright, raw, and filled with his signature text and imagery, the work on display shows the artist’s innate connection to music, film, photography, and the culture of his time. His work, across various mediums such as drawing, notebooks and objects, show how he lived and breathed in the post punk world, alongside Warhol, Blondie and other icons of the moment. A super cool exhibit that feels as relevant today. Until 28 January 2018.

Video Jam x Basquiat features short films featuring the art and works of Basquiat with live original music scores, 28 January 2018, 8pm, tickets £17.50- £22.50

Exhibit open Sunday to Wednesday 10am- 6pm, Thursday to Saturday 10am- 10pm; Closed 24, 25, 26 December 2017

Tickets £16, advance booking essential

PHOTOS Photo Tristan Fewings Getty Images

Rebecca Magniant

Where to find it ?

Barbican Gallery

Silk Street

EC2Y 8DS London

barbican.org.uk

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