Brush up on your Basquiat
Back in the ‘80s, New York’s contemporary art scene was dominated by Minimalism. White walls, white people drinking white wine. Over in Brooklyn, though, there was a young artist who was about to blow it wide open with a riot of colour. Jean-Michel Basquiat, high-school dropout turned art world prodigy, was black, charismatic and rebellious. He traded in his downton underground graffitiing for uptown gallery cognoscenti. Basquiat became a sensation, protege of Andy Warhol, friend of Debbie Harry, and the most talked about artist of the 80s until his death at the age of 27. At long last, this prolific artist will get his first ever UK retrospective, over at the Barbican. Basquiat: Boom For Real is a big, big deal.
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21 Sep 2017 – 28 Jan 2018, Sunday to Wednesday, 10am – 6pm Thursday to Saturday, 10am – 10pm (last entry 9.30pm)
Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS