- Boom for Real -
Jean Michel Basquiat was the greatest outsider artist of the 20th Century. Once a homeless 16-year-old on the streets of Brooklyn scrawling cryptic “SAMO’ (pronounced ‘same-oh’ as in ‘same-old-shit) tags all over New York, his lasting legacy and cultural impact have led him to be described as America’s ‘premier artistic ambassador’.
Basquiat with his raw, provocative style became an instant celebrity by the age of 21, appearing in Blondie videos and dating Madonna as well as producing a body of work unparalleled in its complexity and energy.
Haunted by a drug habit, his self-destructive behaviour ultimately led to his untimely death in 1987. He was just 27 years of age.
A major retrospective of his work, the first large-scale exhibition of his art in the UK opens at The Barbican on 21st September 2017. ‘Boom for Real’ focuses on his relationship to music, text, film and tv with over 100 pieces.
We’re going to stick our necks out and say it’s likely to be the show of the year.
Find more details on Boom for Real at the Barbican here.