The Basquiat: Boom for Real exhibit opened at Barbican in September and has had a steady flow of visitors since. With a rise in street art around the city, London is now embracing the graffiti movement and the ideals of its pioneers. The exhibit marks the first time the New York artist’s work has been put on display in a major UK art gallery.
As one of the Icons of the early street art movement, Basquiat has had a profound influence on artists all over the world. His ability to use abstract ideas as representations of societal problems is one of the major reasons his work is so highly regarded in the street art community.
Alabama graffiti artist Thomas Joa discusses Basquiat and his effect on street art in London.
The exhibit allows Londoners to get a glimpse into the early days of graffiti and what inspired so many artists since Basquiat’s death in 1988. Basquiat: Boom for Real is open from 10 am to 6 pm Sunday through Wednesday and from 10 am to 10 pm Thursday through Saturday until January 28, 2018. Tickets to the exhibit are £16, well worth the price of admission for anyone with an interest in art.
[Feature image: Flickr user Ungry Young Man]