Drawing from international museums and private collections, Basquiat: Boom for Real brings together an outstanding selection of more than 100 works, many never before seen in the UK, including a partial reconstruction of the first body of work that Basquiat exhibited, made for Diego Cortezís watershed group show New York / New Wave at PS1 in 1981.
Basquiat, a famously self-taught artist, sampled from an extraordinary breadth of source material, from anatomical drawings to bebop jazz. This is the first exhibition to focus on the artistís relationship to music, text, film and television, offering new research that will enable some of his most acclaimed paintings and drawings to be understood as never before. Basquiat: Boom for Real is curated by Dr Dieter Buchhart and Eleanor Nairne, Curator, Barbican Art Gallery and organised in collaboration with the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt.
Please note, the exhibition will close at 6pm on Thursday 30 November.
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The development of this exhibition was supported in part by an Art Fund Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Research Grant.
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