Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat: Boom for Real

Jean-Michel Basquiat: Boom for Real

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Basquiat: Boom for Real is the first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960—1988). On view September 21, 2017 through January 28, 2018 at Barbican Art Gallery, level 3 of the Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, UK

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Discover the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the pioneering prodigy of the 1980s downtown New York art scene. This unprecedented exhibition brings together an outstanding selection of more than 100 works from international museums and private collections. Engage in the explosive creativity of Basquiat who worked with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Blondie, among others. Featuring rare film, photography and archive material, the show captures the spirit of this self-taught artist, poet, DJ and musician whose influence, since his death at 27 in 1988, has been enormous.

Basquiat: Boom for Real at the Barbican gives a quick preview of the exhibition.


Click on this link to the impressive array of related events the Barbican will host around the exhibition, including talks, tours, performances, and screenings:

Or visit the Barbican Centre’s exhibition page to plan your visit and learn more.


Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Portrait of Glenn, 1985


A world-class arts and learning centre, the Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts.

The Centre took over a decade to build and was opened by The Queen in 1982, who declared it ‘one of the modern wonders of the world’ with the building seen as a landmark in terms of its scale, cohesion and ambition.


“I don’t think about art when I’m working. I think about life.”

-Jean-Michel Basquiat


Here is more to explore about the all too short life and work of Jean-Michel Basquiat.

From The Guardian on September 8, 2017, Olivia Laing’s Race, power, money – the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat

From BBC News on September 25, 2017, Vincent Dowd’s Jean-Michel Basquiat: The neglected genius


Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat



Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled, 1982 – The Devil

Executed in Modena, Italy, in the prime year of Basquiat’s short and brilliant career, Untitled is an epic painting, its monumental size (96” x 192”) and visceral energy marking it as one of the artist’s seminal works. Published by Christie’s auction house, video is narrated by Brett Gorvy.


Basquiat’s Notebooks at the Brooklyn Museum Offer a Glimpse Into the Private Life of an Icon

Jean-Michel Basquiat left an indelible mark on the art world—a mark, that is, made not only in paint but in pen-and-ink and pencil too. Published by Artnet in April 28, 2015 on the occasion of the exhibition: Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks at the Brooklyn Museum



Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s  Untitled (sold this year for 110.5 million) photo credit: Sotheby’s /EPA

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