Basquiat: Boom for Real @ The Barbican

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An incredible incredible show that truly celebrates Basquiat. His vibrant, raw imagery, abounding with fragments of bold capitalised text, offers insights into both his encyclopaedic interests and his experience as a young black artist with no formal training.

Starting in the late 1970s in the post-punk underground art scene in downtown New York, this show brings together more than 100 works, many which never seen before in the UK. I was shocked to learn that since his tragic death in 1988, Basquiat has had remarkably little exposure in the UK and not a single work of his is held in a public collection.

This is a bad-ass exhibition. A chance for Londoners to see the first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of an incredible American artist.

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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.


Mon–Sat: 9am–11pm
Sun: 11am-11pm
Bank Holidays: 12 noon–11pm

The Barbican Centre will be closed on 24–26 December 2017

Ticket Information *ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL*  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