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WEEKEND 101: BASQUIAT: BOOM FOR REAL


It’s time to get ready for the weekend…

 

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© The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Licensed by Artestar, New York

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© The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Licensed by Artestar, New York

 

Basquiat didn’t do anything original. He took elements from art history – from Da Vinci’s dissection of the human being, to Hannah Hoch’s cut and paste style in Dadism, right up to his contemporary Andy Warhol. But yet, there is something so uniquely special about Jean Michel’s pieces which marry these experiences of learning into one undefinable beautiful organised mess.

Jean Michel was a fantastic editor – gusting through life picking influences from old school jazz to modern consumerism, speaking for the people and from the people. His life set in the blazing Bronx in the 70s and 80s was troubled, Jean Michel flitted from place to place and from person to person, absorbing vast quantities of information about culture, people, places and things.

 

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© The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Licensed by Artestar, New York

 

Despite Flirting with music and acting throughout his career, his true art lies in his paintings; his graffiti; his masterpieces. It is hard to describe the awe in which you’ll find yourself – faced with his iconic work, in the flesh. We test you not to stop in your tracks for more than a second. Little more needs to be said about this exhibition. If you do anything with your weekend, it should be this.

 

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© The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Licensed by Artestar, New York

Basquiat: Boom for Real is on at the Barbican until January 28th 2018.

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