Britain hosts Jean-Michel Basquiat for the First Time

28 years after Jean-Michel Basquiat’s death, London’s Barbican Centre will host the artist’s first European exhibition. With over 100 works on display that cover the iconic artists career, the exhibit is due to premier next year. Titled “Basquiat: Boom For Real” the collection aims to shed light on the artist who championed the New York underground art scene throughout the 1980’s.

Barbican writes, “Basquiat, a famously self-taught artist, sampled from an extraordinary breadth of source material, from anatomical drawings to bebop jazz. This is the first exhibition to focus on the artist’s relationship to music, text, film and television, offering new research that will enable some of his most acclaimed paintings and drawings to be understood as never before.”

The exhibit is set to open on September 21 of next year. For more information, visit Barbican’s website

Jelani Arthur Williamson

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