Basquiat Boom for Real

Basquiat Boom for Real

Explore the prodigy's first ever large scale exhibition in the UK

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) only lived to 27, but his post-punk paintings, graffiti and collages made him a legend of the New York art world. The UK is a different story: he‘s never had a large-scale exhibition here until now. A new retrospective, Basquiat: Boom for Real, is a must-see exploration of his vibrant work and unique perspective, and will be held at The Barbican.

Sponsored by NET-A-PORTER, tp bennett and PHILLIPS, the exhibition will showcase the self-taught American artists’ vibrant, raw creations that first came into prominence in the 1970s post-punk underground art scene of downtown New York. Paintings, drawings, notebooks and objects as well as rare film, photography, music and archival material will all be on display culminating in a collection of over 100 items. A particular highlight will include a partial reconstruction of Basquiat’s first body of exhibited work, made for Diego Cortez’s watershed group show New York / New Wave at P.S.1 in February 1981.

“We are truly thrilled to be staging the first show on Basquiat in the UK in over 20 years. The creative brilliance and emotive power of Basquiat continues to have a huge impact and influence. This is a rare opportunity for visitors to see a body of some of his most famous and also little known works in one place, and to see those works in the context of the New York scene of the 1980s” - Jane Alison, Head of Visual Arts, Barbican.

Basquiat also famously collaborated with high-profile artists, most famously Andy Warhol, who created murals and installations for notorious New York nightclubs including the Mudd Club, Area and Palladium, and in 1983 produced ‘Beat Bop’, a classic hip hop record with K-Rob and Rammellzee.

Jean-Michel Basquiat's sisters, Lisane and Jeanine Basquiat said: “We are delighted to be working with the Barbican on this important exhibition, which is so long overdue”

2st September – 28th January