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.
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.
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.
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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