Discover the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the pioneering prodigy of the 1980s downtown New York art scene. This unprecedented exhibition brings together an outstanding selection of more than 100 works from international museums and private collections.
Engage in the explosive creativity of Basquiat who worked with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Blondie, among others. Featuring rare film, photography and archive material, the show captures the spirit of this self-taught artist, poet, DJ and musician whose influence, since his death at 27 in 1988, has been enormous.
To date, he is the youngest artist ever to have participated in Documenta: Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960—1988), who numbers among the most important artists of the 20th century, began his artistic career in the post-Punk underground art scene in New York’s Lower Manhattan in the late 1970s and as early as 1982 gained international recognition at the most important international exhibition of contemporary art in Kassel.
Basquiat’s uncommonly vibrant, raw imagery is a result of him being extremely well read, an aspect that runs through his work and is evident in his use of upper case letters and text fragments. The latter provide a clue to Basquiat’s encyclopedic interests and his experience as a young artist without an academic training.
„Boom for Real” presents an outstanding selection of over 100 works at the Barbican Center, London – on loan from international museums and private collections – many of them on show for the first time in the UK.
The exhibition also reveals the artist’s relationship to music, text, film and television of his day, placing Basquiat’s artistic explorations in a broader cultural context.
It was in 1978 that the media first became aware of Basquiat, when under the pseudonym SAMO© (for “same old bullshit”) he and his school friend Al Diaz left enigmatic graffiti statements on the walls in Soho’s gallery district, causing a stir in New York’s art scene. Soon afterwards he collaged baseball cards and postcards, painted on clothing or architecture fragments and increasingly on enormous canvases.
„BOOM FOR REAL“
through 28 January 2018
Barbican Center, London
ART & DESIGN FAIRS
ART BASEL 13 JUN/ 16 JUN
FRIEZE LONDON 03 OCT/ 06 OCT
FIAC PARIS17 OCT/ 20 OCT
PARIS PHOTO 07 NOV/ 10 NOV
SCOPE MIAMI 03 DEC/ 08 DEC
DESIGN MIAMI 04 DEC/ 08 DEC
ART BASEL MIAMI 05 DEC/ 08 DEC