Street Art

Banksy Gives a Nod to Jean-Michel Basquiat Ahead of "Basquiat Boom for Real" at Barbican in London

September 19, 2017

Banksy gives an ode to the legendary graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat ahead of the much anticipated "Basquiat Boom for Real" at the Barbican in London opening this week.

In what the artist called an "(unofficial) collaboration with the new Basquiat show," the first piece is a portrait of a famous Basquiat artwork being greeted at the museum entrance by London's Metropolitan Police. The second image depicts a ferris wheel ride with the iconic Basquiat crowns and a queue of people waiting to take the ride. On Banksy's Instagram, the caption reads, "Major new Basquiat show opens at the Barbican - a place that is normally very keen to clean any graffiti from its walls." One to always make sure the pioneers of graffiti and street art get properply honored, this is a clever nod to one of the greats, and probably a nice extra marketing push to the show.

"Basquiat Boom for Real" runs at the Barbican in London from 21 Sep 2017 —28 Jan 2018 

Thank you to the London Guardian for two of the photos in the gallery above.