CACA UK Visits: Boom For Real
Jean Michel-Basquiat is one of the most well known neo-expressionist artists, with his work selling for up to $50 million. He was always an inspiration to myself – his work often straddles the line between street art, pop art and graffiti. Initially starting by writing graffiti and slogans under the name SAMO around NYC – particularly around galleries that he wanted to notice him. His dream was to work with Andy Warhol, the art superstar was at the height of his fame, and indeed they did end up collaborating on many projects and exhibitions.
Basquait was certainly an interesting character, involved in the post-punk music scene at the time in venues such as The Mudd Club, and attached to celebrities such as Madonna. Eventually it was his crippling heroin habit which ended his life at only 27. On August 12, 1988, he overdosed at his art studio on Great Jones Street in Manhattan’s NoHo neighbourhood.
We visited the new show ‘Boom For Real‘ at The Barbican, London. It is a fantastic look at his work, an extremely well curated exhibit, it follows his artwork chronologically with rooms split between times and important phases or locations. Such as a recreation of his first public show. Not only the paintings, it shows much of his written work, sketchbooks, audio and video clips and also personal ephemera such as postcards sent to Andy Warhol.
This is the largest (and one of the few) shows ever exhibited of Basquait’s work in the UK and well worth a visit!
Alongside the show there is a book release of the same title, and next year is set to see the release of a documentary film of the same name.
Basquiat: Boom for Real, 21 September 2017 – 28 January 2018, is curated by the Barbican, London and organised in collaboration with the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt . The exhibition will be presented from 16 February to 27 May 2018 at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt. The show is designed by architects Carmody Groarke. Graphic design is by A Practice for Everyday Life (APFEL).