Basquiat: What You Should Know Before Seeing Boom for Real
If you live in London or you just simply enjoy the world of art and exhibitions, you will surely know that this year Barbican has blessed us with an exhibition about artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, Basquiat: Boom for Real.
If you, like me, enjoy getting to know a bit of history behind the artist prior visit to the exhibition, you will find Basquiat's life story of huge interest.
Jean-Michel Basquiat influence in New York rose during the late '70s, when the street graffiti artist swiftly moved from his "downtown" origins to the international gallery circuit. He quickly became one of the most renowned "naif" painters of the "Neo-Expressionism" art movement. Born in Brooklyn, but of Haitian and Puerto Rican heritage, Basquiat showed a great talent for painting since an early age. After a dramatic childhood, he dropped out of school at the age of 18 to later become the artist known to everyone today.
After the failing of SAMO, Basquiat kept surviving on the streets, homeless, by dealing drugs and peddling hand painted cards and t-shirts. In 1980, Basquiat met Andy Warhol in a restaurant where the artists remained stunned by Basquiat's talent. Soon after, Basquiat namewas everywhere and he started exhibiting in New York and abroad: Annina Nosei's gallery was where he had hist first solo exhibition. He collaborated with artists of the likes of Blondie, David Bowie and Andy Warhol.
He died of heroin overdose at the early age of 27.
Basquiat: Boom for Real is open at Barbican until 28 January 2018