Basquiat: Boom for Real. Unseen Works at the Barbican Gallery

A Basquiat never seen before, read and interpreted in the light of his relationship with music, writing, film, rises out of the exhibition entitled Basquiat: Boom for Real which the Barbican Art Gallery has dedicated to the American artistic genius. An extraordinary selection of over 100 works, many never before exhibited in the United Kingdom, gives us a special look at the young New York painter that brought American graffiti off of the city streets and into art galleries. It is through paintings, notebooks, photos and rare films, that the wild creativity of the “James Dean of modern art”, particularly active in the New York of the 80s, is revealed to the public. The life of the eclectic and rebellious artist, friend to Keith Haring and Andy Warhol, who created collages and postcards, architectonic fragments and improvised canvases, but also murals and installations for exclusive night clubs, will be retraced starting from the period in which, along with young graffiti artist Al Diaz, he created SAMO, propagandising his hermetic ideas with a can of spray paint and an indelible pen. The show at the Barbican Centre is a precious occasion to follow the rapid ascent of an artist knew how to garner a place of undeniable repute in the world of international art.
Samantha De Martin - © 2017 for Bulgari Hotel London