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  • Banksy’s Latest ‘Street Party’ At Walled Off Hotel

    BThe artist's Bethlehem event marks 100 years since the Balfour Declaration. The surreptitious street artist Banksy has recently created a satirical “street party” at his Bethlehem Walled Off hotel to commemorate the centenary anniversary of the Balfour declaration, which promised a Jewis....
    BThe artist's Bethlehem event marks 100 years since the Balfour Declaration. The surreptitious street artist Banksy has recently created a satirical “street party” at his Bethlehem Walled Off hotel to commemorate the centenary anniversary of the Balfour declaration, which promised a Jewish homeland in Palestine and support from the British Government. The street artist stated that the West Bank tea party was created to apologise for Britain’s role in the carving up of the holy land and subsequent years of turmoil and conflict between Israel and Palestine. A statement by Banksy said: "This conflict has brought so much suffering to people on all sides. It didn't feel appropriate to 'celebrate' the British role in it." "The British didn't handle things well here - when you organise a wedding, it's best to make sure the bride isn't already married." The street party was official opened by an actor dressed up as the Queen accompanied by dozens of local Palestinian children. The fake Queen unveiled Banksy’s new carved public artwork "Er... Sorry". The controversial piece of performance art took place just metres away from Banksy’s latest installation, his ingenious Walled Off Hotel. Opening earlier this year the boutique hotel presents Banksy’s subversive artwork in a unique setting, offering visitors the chance to stay in differently themed rooms. For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page. $test =
  • New In Our Brighton Gallery: Plastic Jesus

    The anonymous LA-based street artist creates unforgettable stenciled artwork. We are very pleased to announce that we now have signed limited edition prints available from the controversial street artist Plastic Jesus. Currently taking our gallery by storm, the secretive artist made global h....
    The anonymous LA-based street artist creates unforgettable stenciled artwork. We are very pleased to announce that we now have signed limited edition prints available from the controversial street artist Plastic Jesus. Currently taking our gallery by storm, the secretive artist made global headlines earlier this year when his life-sized sculpture of rapper Kanye West appeared overnight on Hollywood Boulevard. “We have built Kanye West into some kind of god-like idol, I believe he’s a genius when it comes to writing and producing but he’s human. When we build people into idols we have expectations, and if they fail to meet those expectations we crucify them." - Plastic Jesus The shining gold figure depicted West as Jesus being crucified on the cross, whilst wearing a pair of his sought-after ‘Yeezy’ trainers.  "There are a few celebrities we have made into god-like figures," Plastic Jesus told Rolling Stone in a conversation about his project. "The domain in society and culture that they fill is far greater than their output. I think that's happened to Kanye." 'Yeezus' By Plastic Jesus In our Brighton gallery we currently have available the artist’s print version of his LA installation, ‘Yeezus'. The signed limited edition silkscreen print displays the rapper and beau of Kim Kardashian dressed in a simple loincloth with arms spread eagle, reminiscent of the Christ figure that appears in many renaissance paintings. The print can be viewed as a critique on our 21st-century creeds: consumerism, capitalism, and celebrity culture. The Kanye West stunt wasn’t Plastic Jesus’s first foray into subversive public art. In 2016 he famously created a six-inch high wall around President Donald Trump’s Hollywood star. A parody of the President’s controversial rhetoric stating he was going to build an enormous wall alongside the United State’s border with Mexico. Plastic Jesus was trained as a photojournalist and shifted his practice from the camera to street installations in order better address major sociopolitical and cultural issues. We have other fantastic editions by Plastic Jesus available in our Brighton Gallery including his iconic work ‘Stop Making Stupid People Famous’, a slogan that went viral for the artist, garnering over 40,000 likes. 'Stop Making Stupid People Famous' - By Plastic Jesus Described as the ‘Banksy of L.A.’ Plastic Jesus is one of the most exciting street artists around. Be sure to visit our Brighton Gallery to view first hand his witty, political and powerful works! For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page. $test =
  • Last Chance To Buy

    Things come and go quickly in our Brighton gallery, here are a few prints that are nearing the end of their edition. Call our gallery on +44 (0)1273 724829 for further information on anything featured. Mark Vessey – ‘Norman XL’ Following our amazing event and artwork release in November 20....
    Things come and go quickly in our Brighton gallery, here are a few prints that are nearing the end of their edition. Call our gallery on +44 (0)1273 724829 for further information on anything featured. Mark Vessey – ‘Norman XL’ Following our amazing event and artwork release in November 2018, celebrating the artwork collaboration between Brighton-based photographer Mark Vessey and international DJ, Norman Cook – there are only a few of Vessey’s ‘Norman XL’ limited edition prints left at the gallery. From a small edition of 15, Mark Vessey explores Norman Cook’s personal record collection, featuring a selection that has both influenced and been created by the DJ himself. Printed onto fine art cotton rag paper, this C-Type print depicts a stack of Norman’s LPs, neatly organised in a uniform fashion. An outstanding representation of fantastic artists and sounds, the meticulously organised stack is a mix of weathered LPs, reflecting years of enjoyment and some that look almost fresh-out-of-the cellophane. Vessey explains: “My work is about trying to establish a sense of order. There is comfort in collecting things, studying things that people take for granted – grouping everyday objects into such a way that they become something special, seeing how they fit together to become a thing of great beauty”. His work has a very clear focus on collections. You could even go as far as to say that he is ‘the’ collector of all collections! In an interview with us, he explained: “Basically, ever since I’ve been in Brighton I’ve had an interest in people’s collections. I have a hit list of people whose collections I want to shoot. There are always people that you’re drawn to, and Norman Cook was one of those people. I love music and how it ties into everything culturally’. There is nothing accidental about the way Vessey has stacked Norman’s LPs. They are layered in a way that makes perfect sense and reflects Norman’s personal soundscape, celebrating his long-standing global career in music. Vessey said: “It’s not just House music: there’s blues, Beastie Boys, The Clash, Donna Summer... It’s not one genre of music, and that’s why I find it interesting. I was looking at what the spines said, how they fit together, how the colour moves throughout the piece of work and then it kind of came together. There are a couple of doubles in there… The Ultimate Breaks & Beats / Various Artists and Bob James. That’s because when Norman was selecting them he told me: ‘When I’ve put in two of them, it means when I was DJing, I had them both spinning at the same time.’ I think it was important to respect details like that”. To find out more about ‘Norman XL’ and the print editions available at artrepublic Brighton, visit the gallery or call us on +44 (0)1273 724829 to speak to one of our personal art advisors. The Connor Brothers – ‘Tell Me Beautiful Untrue Things’ Originally from a set of four large scale prints, ‘Tell Me Beautiful Untrue Things’ is another epic, film-noir style print from legendary artist duo The Connor Brothers. This unusual duo has somewhat of an interesting back story to share. Two of the prints from the original set of four have already sold out, and this one will be quick to follow. So, let’s dive in! First of all, we need to clarify that ‘The Connor Brothers’ are a completely fictional set of characters, created to offer the same kind of anonymity as Banksy and other unknown, big-name artists. True to the fictional theme, their satirical and humorous work blurs the boundaries between truth and fiction. The duo reproduce iconic book covers as large-scale acrylic and oil paintings, modifying the original titles and texts with their own words, changing the message whilst maintaining the context. ‘Tell Me Beautiful Untrue Things’ depicts a seductive, 1950s woman, her platinum blonde hair falling about her face, her soft, exposed skin wrapped loosely in white bed sheets. Set against a textured turquoise background, the title words have been printed in blocky, white lettering, recalling sultry film noir posters with a postmodern twist. A brilliant investment piece, The Connor Brothers are hot in the scene right now and perhaps, the most influential duo of the decade. Just a few years ago, The Connor Brothers revealed their true identities in a major feature by Mick Brown for The Telegraph magazine. Since then, London based, James Golding and Mike Snelle have exhibited internationally from New York, Sydney and Dubai to London, Hong Kong and Berlin. One of their pieces made £5,250 at a Christie’s auction in September 2013. In March 2014, after their big reveal, another of their works sold for £9,375, £3,500 over the estimated sale price. As a result, all pieces by The Connor Brothers are now highly sought-after globally. To find out more about this piece and other works by The Connor Brothers at artrepublic Brighton, call us on +44 (0)1273 724829 and speak to one of our personal art advisors. Peter Blake – ‘A - The Dazzle Alphabet’ From a collection of 27 glossy, box-set alphabet prints, Dazzle letter ‘A’ by the legendary Sir Peter Blake is now at its very glitzy, final price point. A print that won’t be around for long, this is your opportunity to snap up one of Blake’s most colourful, pop art wonder-pieces. High gloss and high shine, this limited-edition print has a golden letter ‘A’, composed against blocks of bold colour, intersecting a kaleidoscopic array of dazzling pop perfection! This letter from the ‘Dazzle Alphabet’ is one of 100 silkscreen prints, signed by the artist personally. Based upon Blake’s early pop-styles, this metallic collection came about whilst developing techniques of the 'dazzle camouflage effect' – a World War One aid, adopted by the Navy to avoid enemy detection. The ‘dazzle effect’ consisted of complex patterns and geometric shapes painted onto warship vessels to confuse the enemy of their position. An incredibly effective distraction method, Blake developed this theory to embody a unique artwork aesthetic. His colourful collection of ‘Dazzle Alphabet’ prints came after the success of his co-commission with Liverpool Biennial, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions and Tate Liverpool. Working in partnership with Mersey travel and National Museums Liverpool, he decorated the Mersey Ferry ‘Snowdrop’ in his ‘Dazzle’ technique to great effect. 'Everybody Razzle Dazzle' was the title for this extraordinary commissioned piece. Blake’s individual ‘Dazzle’ letters truly showcase his fascination with elements of nostalgia, childhood innocence and reminiscence. A print that's not to be missed, his letter 'A' is one of our favourites at the gallery.     Call into our Brighton gallery today for further information on any of the artwork featured or call us on +44 (0)1273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com, best be quick though as these pieces are right at the end of their edition!   For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page $test =
  • Coming Soon: Dave White Print Launch

    Meet the artist in our Brighton Gallery on Thursday 2nd November from 6pm. We are thrilled to announce that on Thursday 2nd November from 6 pm Dave White will be present in our Brighton Gallery for the launch of his hotly anticipated new Doe and Stag limited edition prints. There will be very ....
    Meet the artist in our Brighton Gallery on Thursday 2nd November from 6pm. We are thrilled to announce that on Thursday 2nd November from 6 pm Dave White will be present in our Brighton Gallery for the launch of his hotly anticipated new Doe and Stag limited edition prints. There will be very super special giveaways for those who attend on the evening. The first 25 people who purchase will be getting an extra special package, so get down early to avoid missing out! The evening will also present a rare chance to view Dave White’s other hugely sought after editions while enjoying a glass of bubbly on us, in our Brighton Gallery. Dave will be present signing and dedicating some of the editions on the evening, giving you the opportunity to meet one of our most popular artists! If you’d like to attend our Dave White print launch it’s important that your RSVP to events@artrepublic.com or call our gallery on 01273 724829 with your name, plus the names of any guests to be added to the list. Get down early as the first 25 to purchase will receive a special gift from Dave! Dave White Print Launch Thursday 2nd November 6 pm – 8 pm In our artrepublic Brighton Gallery RSVP - events@artrepublic.com or call 01273 724829 $test =
  • Damien Hirst’s Rare ‘Curare’ edition available in our Brighton Gallery

    Taken from the artists iconic ‘Spots’ series.  In our Brighton Gallery, we currently have available one of Damien Hirst’s exquisite spot prints ‘Curare’. Unlike many of the artist’s editions, this print has been created as a woodcut, giving the work a rich texture and unique qua....
    Taken from the artists iconic ‘Spots’ series.  In our Brighton Gallery, we currently have available one of Damien Hirst’s exquisite spot prints ‘Curare’. Unlike many of the artist’s editions, this print has been created as a woodcut, giving the work a rich texture and unique quality. The spots series began when Hirst was still a student at London’s Goldsmiths Art School. The works have been described as “essays in pure colour” and often refer to Hirst’s on-going fascination with medicine and pharmacological drugs.   ‘Curare’ was created by the master printers at Manifold editions. The precise and complex printing process has been described below. 1. Cherry wood is cut to an exact circle by a laser.   2. A brayer is used to roll the ink onto the cherry-wood face to give an exact paint surface. Cherry wood is used as it absorbs the ink in the correct capacity.   3. The spots are inserted into the woodblocks of a printing press at the exact spacing required.   4. A larger roller is used to place the paper onto the cherry-wood blocks – the paper is 410gsm somerset white paper which is the right grammage to absorb the ink.   5.The pressure used needs to be exact to take the ink, but not too much to smudge.   6.The printing process is replicated for every print, so no two prints are exactly the same.   ‘I’ve always had a phenomenal love of colour… So that’s where the spot paintings came from ... It was just a way of pinning down the joy of colour’ – Damien Hirst In our Brighton gallery, we have a number of rare and sought after editions by Damien Hirst including his ‘Souls’ series of butterflies, additional spots prints and ‘The Cure’, the artist's series of pop-coloured medicinal pills. For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page. $test =
  • Spotted in our Brighton Gallery: Mike Kerr from band Royal Blood

    The local rockstar was adding to his art collection.  Recently we were thrilled to welcome to our Brighton Gallery Mike Kerr, the singer from the hugely popular band local Royal Blood. Perfoming alongside drummer Ben Thatcher (who has also been in with us) the duo are well known for thei....
    The local rockstar was adding to his art collection.  Recently we were thrilled to welcome to our Brighton Gallery Mike Kerr, the singer from the hugely popular band local Royal Blood. Perfoming alongside drummer Ben Thatcher (who has also been in with us) the duo are well known for their modern take on traditonal blues rock with their debut album ‘Royal Blood’ receiving a Brit Award back in 2015 for best British Group. Mike Kerr (right) with Jake from our Brighton Gallery The band are no strangers to the art world having recruited artrepublic artist Dan Hillier to create the now iconic album artwork for their debut smash.  In an interview conducted with artrepublic at the time, Hillier explained the genesis of the ‘Pachamama’ image, that went on to become a sold-out print edition. “The band got in touch and commissioned me to make a new picture for them, which I did. Then Mike (lead singer) saw Pachamama and decided he wanted that because he was looking for something really feminine. I had to have a think about it because she’s quite precious to me, I really love that picture. I’m very glad they did use it, as it’s great to get it out there. It works as a good counterpoint to the music, which is very masculine.  It’s not this perfect match of art and music but it’s good to have that contrast there. I met up with the guys, we talked and got on well and they just asked for a picture without any sort of guidance, which really suits me.” – Dan Hillier on collaborating with Royal Blood. Whilst perusing in our Brighton Gallery Kerr picked up 'Alabama Make Up' by Brighton-based artist/photographer Matt Henry. Henry’s work explores the power of fiction through the photographic medium. Inspired by the politics and culture of the 1960s and 70s America, Henry’s work is driven by an attention to style and characterisation, each photograph beautifully designed, composed, and executed. We look forward to welcoming Mike Kerr to the gallery again very soon! For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page. $test =
  • Peter Blake raffle at our artrepublic Brighton Gallery raises £2,290 for Middle Street School

    The money will go towards a brand new Arts Centre. Our raffle to win a box set of limited edition Sir Peter Blake prints has raised £2,290 for Brighton’s Middle Street School. Hosted in our Brighton gallery, more than 450 raffle tickets were sold with all proceeds donated to the school. ....
    The money will go towards a brand new Arts Centre. Our raffle to win a box set of limited edition Sir Peter Blake prints has raised £2,290 for Brighton’s Middle Street School. Hosted in our Brighton gallery, more than 450 raffle tickets were sold with all proceeds donated to the school. The money will go towards transforming Middle Street Nursery, which recently closed due to budget constraints, into a brand new Arts Centre. With a reinforced dancefloor, big screen and blackout blinds, the space will not only be put to good use by Middle Street pupils, it will be available to hire to external groups and classes. Head teacher Julie Aldous commented: “With impending cuts we have to think about how we can make the school more self-reliant while ensuring our pupils continue getting the best education. While we’re very sad the nursery was forced to close, it’s presented us with an opportunity. “Reserved for school-use during school hours, the new Arts Centre will be available to hire in the evenings, weekends and during school holidays. We hope the space will become a great new venue for classes, children’s parties and possibly even events and screenings during the Brighton Festival.” artrepublic founder Lawrence Alkin pictured with Middle Street head teacher Julie Aldous The revenue generated from hiring the space will feed back into the school budget, contributing to maintenance, new equipment and staffing costs. Lawrence Alkin, founder of artrepublic and parent to Miri Alkin who is in Year 2, presented the cheque to Middle Street School. He said: “It’s heartening that Peter Blake fans and the local community came together to raise a significant amount for the school. We’re all delighted the money will be put to such good use. I’m also genuinely impressed with the foresight and resilience of the school in using the money to make money at a time when school budgets are so uncertain.”   The prize - Sir Peter Blake's iconic Brighton Box Set The raffle winner is Annette from Hove who bought a ticket for her son after he purchased the Peter Blake box set during the original print release and later that evening accidentally left it in a local car park. When he returned it was gone. The box set includes five Brighton-inspired prints and is worth £1250. For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page. $test =
  • Free Louise McNaught Polar Bear Print!

    To celebrate the launch of Louise McNaught’s latest prints we are offering a FREE limited edition giclee with every order of a Louise McNaught work over £150, while stocks last. To claim your free print, purchase any of work by Louise McNaught over £150 (this includes framing) between the 15th ....
    To celebrate the launch of Louise McNaught’s latest prints we are offering a FREE limited edition giclee with every order of a Louise McNaught work over £150, while stocks last. To claim your free print, purchase any of work by Louise McNaught over £150 (this includes framing) between the 15th to 22nd of October 2017. This is a limited time promotion and we anticipate stock to run out quickly - so act fast! ‘Chilled’ This could be yours for free! Chilled by Louise Mc Naught 20 x 20cm Giclee Signed by Louise McNaught Limited Edition For ‘Chilled’, McNaught employs her signature ‘bleed’ motif, with soft, thin lines of fluorescent yellow paint running down the print to produce a gentle sense of dynamism and flow. The trails have been created by a large, white polar bear, half of his resplendent head dipped in the the brightly coloured paint. A brilliantly arresting print, McNaught has captured the power and dignity of the arctic creature with bold, artistic prowess. Louise has just released these two amazing new limited prints Royal Blue and Before Religion The work of Louise McNaught takes its inspiration form the natural world: raising the status of animals and creatures to the majestic and sublime, McNaught creates bold images, using striking colour and compositional techniques. VIEW ALL OF LOUISE MCNAUGHT'S WORK >> $test =
  • Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art opens in Berlin

    We loved catching up with some of our favourite artists at the opening of Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art in Berlin last week. The vibrant city has long been a mecca for street art and creative projects. Urban Nation, led by Yasha Young, invited 150 of street art’s leading lights....
    We loved catching up with some of our favourite artists at the opening of Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art in Berlin last week. The vibrant city has long been a mecca for street art and creative projects. Urban Nation, led by Yasha Young, invited 150 of street art’s leading lights to create work for the inaugural show and transformed the museum’s surrounding walls and outdoor spaces. Set in lively Schöneberg, the museum itself is ultra modern and spacious, designed in collaboration with GRAFT architects. Murals, installations and paste-ups by graffiti artists from all over the world can be seen everywhere you look outside the museum from the likes of Anthony Lister, Marina Zumi, Herakut, Ron English, Blek le Rat and Sandra Chevrier. Artists from all over the world transformed the area into a live exhibition. "Urban contemporary art is the logical next step to follow what is happening on the street. This house can be an archive that tells the story [of street art] for the first time, from the beginning until now." Yasha Young, Director of Urban Nation Berlin. Inside the museum, the only one of its kind in the world, there are works from street art greats from all over the world and a library dedicated to street art photography legend Martha Cooper. Here are five of our favourite artists featured in Urban Nation’s museum. Blek Le Rat Blek le Rat is a Pioneering French graffiti artist, one of the Godfather’s of the European street art movement. Using stencils instead of stylised lettering for graffiti, Blek le Rat was one of the first true street artists. During Blek’s career, his art prints have become more and more political, focusing on the homeless, the environment, and other social causes. Blek le Rat has inspired hundreds of artists around the world – including the infamous ‘Banksy’. Despite the enormous role he has played in street art, Blek le Rat has kept a low profile through most of his career to avoid public harassment. He just substituted his surname ‘Roc’ with ‘Rat’ because rats symbolise a lot for him “they create fear, they are synonymous with invasion and they are the Stencil outside the Urban Nation museum Ben Eine Originally a writer, influential artist Ben Eine is now one of London’s most prolific artists, specialising in typographical art. The archetype of contemporary UK street-art, Eine’s ‘21st Century City’ was famously gifted to Barack Obama by David Cameron in 2010, and can be seen daily on his canvas of choice: the walls and shutters of shops around London. ‘Alphabet Street’, his most iconic work to date, is an unbounded mural, filling the concrete spaces of Middlesex Street, London, with his characteristically colourful lettering. Installation inside the museum Ron English You can’t miss Ron English: one of the most prolific and distinctive artists working today, English is best known for combining expert craftsmanship with a cynical, humorous critique of American culture, his work includes art prints, billboards, and sculptures. English coined the term ‘POPaganda’ to describe his signature mash-up of high and low cultural touchstones, from superheroes and comic strips, to art-historical iconography. English has imagined a vast (and still growing) roster of characters, including MC Supersized, his obese fast-food mascot, featured in the documentary ‘Supersize Me’ (2004), and Abraham Obama, a fusion of America’s 16th and 44th Presidents. Temper Tot mural, Berlin Eelus Balancing the opposing forces of the humorous and macabre, vivid color and stark monochrome, Eelus’ work brings the beautiful and sometimes caustic realities of the world together. It all started when he was a kid, drawing posters of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to sell in the schoolyard so he could buy chocolate. Some years later, he’d sold enough posters and art prints to leave his day job behind, turning a lifelong hobby into a full-time profession. Since then, he’s exhibited his art works worldwide alongside some of the biggest names in the urban art scene, with the majority of his releases selling out incredibly fast. Handidan The art of Dutch artist Handiedan involves a complex cut and paste mixture of computer montage and highly detailed sculptural hand cut collages, complimented by conscientiously collected antique ornamental frames. Build out of multiple classic pin-up body parts, the female form stands out over a backdrop of baroque and Victorian Neo-Classicism designs. The artist often uses international currencies and stamps, antique sheet music ornaments, playing cards, cigar bands, Asian papers with personal items and drawings. Intricate and meticulously crafted, the collages represent the gradual accumulation of both the layers in her work and her work process self. Urban Nation, Bülowstraße 7, 10783 Berlin, Germany   Enjoyed this article? Sign up to our newsletter for the latest art news SUBMIT $test =
  • Basquiat: Boom for Real at the Barbican, 21 September 2017 – 28 January 2018

    “I don’t listen to what art critics say.  I don’t know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is”  Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) Barbican’s Boom for Real is the first major retrospective of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s dynamic, naïve, paintings in the UK. Unbelievably, the Ba....
    “I don’t listen to what art critics say.  I don’t know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is”  Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) Barbican’s Boom for Real is the first major retrospective of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s dynamic, naïve, paintings in the UK. Unbelievably, the Barbican say, absolutely none of his work is even held in a public UK collection - despite that he is one of the most widely celebrated and well recognised painters of the 21st century. As the late artist’s sisters, Lisane and Jeanine Basquiat said “We are delighted to be working with the Barbican on this important exhibition, which is so long overdue” Basquiat: Boom For Real Installation view Barbican Art Gallery 21 September 2017 – 28 January 2018 © Tristan Fewings / Getty Images Artworks: © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) came of age in post-punk New York and by 1982 was internationally known. This self-taught, young black artist was making unprecedented waves with his bold and colourful, text-laden artworks up to his tragic and untimely death in 1988. Drawn from museums and private holdings around the world, Basquiat: Boom for Real has brought together more than 100 works – resulting in a powerful and comprehensive view of this enigmatic, rebellious, artist. Basquiat: Boom For Real Installation view Barbican Art Gallery 21 September 2017 – 28 January 2018 © Tristan Fewings / Getty Images Artwork: Jean-Michel Basquiat King of the Zulus, 1984-85 © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York The show focuses on Basquiat’s many influences; music, writing, performance, TV and film. The young artist expressed himself in a range of artforms – his creativity flowing through his many paintings, drawing and notebooks, photography and music. Basquiat: Boom For Real Installation view Barbican Art Gallery 21 September 2017 – 28 January 2018 © Tristan Fewings / Getty Images Artwork: Jean-Michel Basquiat A Panel of Experts, 1982 Courtesy The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York. Basquiat began graffitiing on the streets of New York City with classmate Al Diaz under the name SAMO© and was soon drawing with his own blood, collaging baseball cards and postcards and painting on clothing and anything else to hand. An outpouring on creativity that led to him collaborating with Andy Warhol, working on murals for outrageous New York nightclub the Mudd Club, Area and Palladium. A famously self-taught artist with little respect for the opinion of critics, Basquiat was inspired by an extraordinary range of subjects – from anatomical drawings to bebop jazz to silent film. This wonderful exhibition shows how he melded these, and the people and experiences of 80s downtown New York into his own, unique style. Basquiat: Boom for Real runs at the Barbican from 21 September 2017 – 28 January 2018. Enjoyed this article? Sign up to our newsletter for the latest art news SUBMIT $test =

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