The Barbican has announced Basquiat: Boom for Real, the first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960¬-1988).
Undeniably on of the most influential painters of the 20th century, Basquiat emerged in the late 1970s in New York’s post-punk art scene. By 1982 he was internationally celebrated and was the youngest ever artist to participate in Documenta 7 in Kassel. His visceral style of painting offered an insight into his interests as well as his experience as a young black artist with no formal training breaking into a world that prizes arts education. The exhibition will bring together more than 100 works, many of which have never been seen before in the UK, and will open at Barbican Art Gallery on 21 September 2017.
The exhibition plans to place Basquiat’s work with the wider cultural context of the time with a focus on his relationship to music, writing, performance, film and television.
Jane Alison, Head of Visual Arts, Barbican, said: “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.”
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”
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