Basquiat: Boom for Real at the Barbican Art Gallery

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Jean-Michel Basquiat Hollywood Africans, 1983 Courtesy Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ ADAGP, Paris. Licensed by Artestar, New York. Pinterest


Explore the raw imagery of the New York artist at Basquiat: Boom for Real at the Barbican Art Gallery.

Jean-Michel Basquiat made waves in the art world in 1978 with his graffiti statements around the city, created with classmate Al Diaz under the name SAMO©. From there, the self-taught artist moved on to painting clothing, collaging baseball cards, creating murals and working on increasingly larger canvases and spaces.

See more than 100 pieces by Basquiat, from paintings and photography to films and notebooks, many on display for the first time in the UK. Plus, explore the artist’s wider cultural inspirations, including his relationship with music, text, film, television and collaborations with other artists such as Andy Warhol.



Adult Ticket: £16.00 (USD20.28) per ticket
Child Ticket (under 14 years old): Free
Concession Ticket: £5.00 to £12.00 (USD6.34 - USD15.21) per ticket

Venue Details & Map

Barbican Art Gallery

Level 3, Barbican Centre
Silk Street
+44 (0)20 7638 8891
Public transport:
The nearest Underground station is Barbican, which is on the Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines. Other stations nearby are Moorgate, St Paul's, Bank, Liverpool Street and Mansion House.

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