Exhibition preview: Basquiat at the Barbican

Boom for Real is Britain’s first major Basquiat show

Boom for Real, the first large-scale Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition, opens at the Barbican, London, on September 21. The show brings together more than 100 works by the American artist who took the New York art scene by storm before his death at just 27 in 1988. Alongside artworks borrowed from private collections and international galleries, the show includes rare film, photography and other archive material. The staging of Boom for Real is timely – Basquiat was in the headlines earlier this year after one of his paintings sold for £85m. See below for the exhibition trailer and a sneak preview of the paintings that will be on show. To book tickets and for more information, go here.

Jean-Michel Basquiat dancing at the Mudd Club, 1979 (Nicholas Taylor)

Hollywood Africans, 1983
(Courtesy Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat/Artists Rights Society, New York/ ADAGP, Paris. Licensed by Artestar, New York)

King Zulu, 1986
(Courtesy Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York. Photo: Gasull Fotografia)

Self Portrait, 1984
(Private collection. © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York)

Untitled (Pablo Picasso), 1984
(Private collection, Italy, © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York)


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