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Basquiat: Boom for Real, Barbican Centre, through January 28, 2018

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Basquiat: Boom for Real, Barbican Centre, through January 28, 2018

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988), an American artist who died at age 27 from a drug overdose, is still considered one of the most fascinating and contradictory personalities in the art world. The musician, graffiti virtuoso, and Warhol protégé became an internationally-renowned star and the first person of African descent to reach such heights in the visual arts. His work fetches record prices at auction, with the most recent sale (a painting of his from 1982 went to a Japanese collector this past spring in New York City for 110.5 million dollars) shocking even the most hardened buyers on the art market.

Basquiat’s artwork is known for its skeleton-like figures, characters inspired by comics, poetic slogans, and bright colours. The Basquiat: Boom for Real exhibition opening this month at the Barbican Centre in London is the first Basquiat retrospective of this scale in the United Kingdom, featuring more than one hundred pieces of artwork by the artist.

People who, like Basquiat in his day, take interest in the throb of life’s storms and passions at their wildest and most elemental, should also make sure to stop by London’s fashionable Shoreditch district, where two new accommodations have just opened, each more intriguing than the next.

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