Banksy pays Tribute to Basquiat, Barbican Centre, London 2017

Two murals by Banksy have appeared close to the Barbican centre, London, unofficially marking the opening of the Barbicans latest exhibition Basquiat: Boom for Real.

Basquiat: Boom for Real is the first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960­-1988). One of the most significant painters of the 20th century, Basquiat came of age in the late 1970s in the post-punk underground graffiti art scene in downtown New York.

One of Banksy’s murals references Basquiat’s 1982 “Boy and Dog in a Johnnypump”, showing a boy being searched by police. Banksy describes it as…

“Portrait of Basquiat being welcomed by the Metropolitan Police – an (unofficial) collaboration with the new Basquiat show,” Banksy /Instagram

The second depicts people queuing to ride a Ferris wheel with crown shaped carriages, referencing Basquiat’s 1983 “Crown”.

In true Banksy humour he decided to mock the Barbican’s treatment of street art with his caption on Instagram, stating that the Barbican is “a place that is normally very keen to clean any graffiti from its walls!”

Drawing from international museums and private collections, Basquiat: Boom for Real brings together an outstanding selection of more than 100 works, many never seen before in the UK, and opens at Barbican Art Gallery on 21 September 2017.

Public Information
Barbican Art Gallery, London, 0845 120 7550,
#BoomForReal @barbicancentre
Opening hours: Sunday to Wednesday, 10am – 6pm
Thursday to Saturday, 10am – 10pm (last entry 9.30pm)
Bank Holiday Mondays: 12noon – 6pm, Bank Holiday Fridays: 12noon – 10pm
The exhibition is closed on 24, 25 and 26 December 2017.
Important note: The exhibition will also close at 6pm on Thursday 5 October for a private event.

Standard : £16 / Concessions (OAP and unemployed): £12 / Students/14-17: £10
Young Barbican (14 -25s) : £5 (no booking fee) / Art Fund Members: £12 / Membership Plus : Unlimited free entry + guest / Membership: Unlimited free entry
Under 14s FREE

This is not the first time Banksy has done an unofficial collaboration with Basquiat. In march 2017 he made a canvas called Banksquiat which can be found at the The Walled Off Hotel, Bethlehem.

Photo Credit Banksy



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