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Banksy x Jean-Michel Basquiat

Banksy x Jean-Michel Basquiat

Banksy threw up two pieces in tribute to Basquiat this weekend 

Paying homage to Jean-Michel Basquiat, the murals come just days before the UK’s first retrospective on the artist.

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Two new Banksy murals have appeared at the Barbican in London over the weekend. The pieces are an “unofficial collaboration” paying homage to Jean-Michel Basquiat and have appeared just days prior to Britain’s first ever Basquiat retrospective opening at the Barbican on September 20.

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Returning to Basquiat’s graffitist roots, Banksy’s piece features a Ferris-wheel and a note from the artist: “Major new Basquiat show opens at the Barbican – a place that is normally very keen to clean any graffiti from its walls.” The second mural depicts a Neo-Expressionist image reminiscent of Basquiat’s 1982 Boy and Dog in a Johnnypump (original above) being stopped and searched by police.

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Both artists use their work to critique the state, and both attempt to convey anti-establishment and subversive messages. The polemical paint-slingers are spontaneous, expressive and always raw, combining elements of cubism, Art Brut and Arte Povera with heaps of tropes and tribalistic imagery. It’s a relevant tribute in the age of round-the-clock surveillance, government intrusion, radical terrorism, weaponization, group think, mass marketing, and the ‘culture wars.’ The caption reads: “Portrait of Basquiat being welcomed by the Metropolitan Police – an (unofficial) collaboration with the new Basquiat show.”

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Basquiat: Boom for Real opens at the Barbican on September 20. You can find out more about the exhibition here.

Images via Banksy + Wiki Art

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