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Basquiat at the Barbican

Basquiat at the Barbican highlights the cultural importance of the area


Welcome to the first instalment of AW Childs’ blog posts that are focused on what’s going on in our local areas of the Barbican, Clerkenwell and Farringdon. We plan to create a regular post, so if you have any event that you want to promote then please get in touch here. As a community minded estate and lettings agent, we would love to hear from local charities and help in anyway that we can.


In today’s maiden edition we are going to look at the exhibition that has been a huge success at the world renowned Barbican Arts Centre. The Basquiat Boom for Real exhibition has showcased the work of famous downtown New York artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.


Basquiat was one of the 80’s most intriguing characters and was at one time in a relationship with fellow 80’s superstar Madonna. He was also a member of the infamous 27 club. The club is a group of superstars who all died at the age of 27 and includes the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Kurt Cobain. Basquiat himself was something of a tortured star and died of a heroin overdose on August the 12th 1988.


Basquiat was a multifaceted superstar, not only one of the world’s most notable and exciting artists of his era, Basquiat was also a renowned poet, DJ and musician. Basquiat came back into the public eye in May 2017 when his untitled painting of a skull sold for $110.5 million at Sotheby’s in New York.


The exhibition at the Barbican Arts Centre displays over 100 works by the artist gathered from museums and private collections from across the globe and is on until the 29th of January 2018. Just before the exhibition began, famous unknown artist Banksy painted two murals at the Barbican centre. The artist verified that they were genuine on his Instagram account.


The exhibition runs from 21/9/17 until 28/1/18 and prices are £16 for a standard ticket with concessions available. Click here for tickets and more information.