The Barbican hosts the first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of American artist Jean–Michel Basquiat (1960–88). One of the most significant painters of the 20th century, Basquiat came of age in the late 1970s in the post-punk underground art scene in downtown New York. His vibrant imagery, abounding with fragments of bold text, offers insights into both his encyclopaedic interests and his experience as a young black artist with no formal training. Since his death in 1988, Basquiat has had remarkably little exposure in the UK; not a single work of his is held in a public collection here. More than any other exhibition to date, ‘Boom for Real’ focuses on the artist’s relationship to music, writing, performance, film and television, placing him within the wider cultural context of the time. Find out more about the ‘Basquiat: Boom For Real’ exhibition from the Barbican’s website.
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