For the September issue of COLLECT Art and Antiques Journal, I wrote an article about the New York artist Jean-Michael Basquiat (1960-1988). During his shortlived career, his fame came to to great heights in just a couple of years. His art is characterized by an explosive expression in a colorful visual language reminiscent of graffiti and streetart, which has become a favorite of collectors and museums over the last decades.
I wrote this article on the occasion of the first large exhibition of Basquiat’s work in the United Kingdom, taking place in the Barbican Gallery in London, between 21 September 2017 and 28 January 2018, called Basquiat: Boom For Real.
If you want to know more about Basquiat and the New York art scene in which he worked, check out the documentary Basquiat: The Radiant Child on YouTube.
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Jean-Michel Basquiat, King Zulu, 1986.
Courtesy Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona.
© The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York. Photo: Gasull Fotografia