Thursday, 14 September 2017

Jean-Michel Basquiat At London's Barbican

Next week London's Barbican is opening their exhibition of Basquiat: Boom for Real, a collection of 100 of the young American's paintings. The artist was discovered by Andy Warhol and worked with Blondie and Keith Haring. He died of an overdose in 1988 aged just 27.
'Untitled' above and painted by him in 1982 was sold at Christies for £85m in May, making it the 6th most expensive artwork ever sold at auction. It went to a Japanese e-commerce billionaire. And Victoria Beckham has said in the past that she wishes she could own a piece of his artwork.

In January as part of the huge celebration of the whole of Jean-Michel's art and influence, the Barbican are also holding an evening with audio-visual producers Video Jam. NYC-based filmmakers and musicians from the UK have been carefully selected, taking into consideration Basquiat’s relationship to TV, film and music, and placing him within the wider context of the time.

The film work covers a diverse range of genres - hand drawn animation, essay film, narrative, video art and more, while the musicians chosen – including the Mercury Prize winning Young Fathers and the Afro-tinged Ibibio Sound Machine – reflect Basquiat’s wide ranging musical tastes, from Bebop and Jazz to Hip Hop and experimental Noise.

Video Jam x Basquiat with Young Fathers, Ibibio Sound Machine & more.

January 28 2018 at the Barbican Hall.

Priority booking for the event has now opened with ticket prices from £17.50 - £22.50.

The exhibition Basquiat: Boom for Real opens at the Barbican Art Gallery September 21.

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