Banksy Debuts Two New Murals in Tribute to Jean-Michel Basquiat

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Banksy Debuts Two New Murals in Tribute to Jean-Michel Basquiat
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The “unofficial collaboration” appears just days before Britain’s first large-scale Basquiat exhibit

Ahead of Britain’s first-ever Jean-Michel Basquiat retrospective, a pair of Banksy murals dedicated to the late painter have manifested outside of London’s Barbican over the weekend.

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The “unofficial collaboration” borrows readily-identifiable figures from Basquiat’s portfolio — the free-hand crown and the artist’s “self-portrait” via Boy and Dog in a Johnnypump — the former serving as carriages on a Ferris Wheel, the latter being stopped and frisked outside of a “a place that is normally very keen to clean any graffiti from its walls,” as the artist puts it in an Instagram post. Basquiat: Boom For Real opens this Wednesday, September 21st, featuring notebooks, sketches, paintings, rare found-film footage and photography, alongside over a collection of over 100 pieces from the artist.

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See Banksy’s tributary murals up top and below and hit the link to learn more about the exhibition via Barbican.


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