Basquiat “Boom for real”

This exhibition of an American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960—1988) was right up my street. As an 80’s kid I absolutely adored some of the images and photographs from the 80’s. It was fun to see the fashion and items from the 80’s.

Basquiat’s explosive artwork that was gathered from the international museums and private collections presented his collaborations with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Blondie. His spirit of his abstract and also controversial work could be felt in every piece of his art. We also got a chance to see rare films featuring him.

His vibrant and raw imagery shows insight into his interests and also experiences as a young black artist in USA in early 80’s. He had no previous training and you can see his brave, no limitations and a lot of symbolism sketches that comes from simply his imagination and emotions. At first sight it looks messy but one you get into it you will understand his messages like anger over the limitations being imposed on black Americans. I won’t lie that I didn’t quite get all his work but some of it had references to people or symbols that I am not familiar with or maybe I am too young to know.

This exhibition focuses on his relationship to music, writing, performance, film and television, he was very much involved in a wide culture. His practice was very dynamic and broad. He is just another big star that had their life cut short at the age of 27. He has lived his life to the fullest and definitely didn’t play safe achieving so much in such a short space of time.

Here are just few pieces from the exhibition.

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Here is a really interesting documentary if you want to learn more about this artist:

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