Political street artist Banksy has used his well-known talent to pay tribute to the late graffiti artist Basquiat who died in 1988 with two new murals put up in Barbican London.
The murals were painted a few days before the Basquiat retrospective takes place at the Barbican. The exhibition is the first ever large UK showcase of the New York artist’s iconic works that played a strong role in defining an era.
The murals feature a Ferris-wheel alongside words from Banksy reading “Major new Basquiat show opens at the Barbican – a place that is normally very keen to clean any graffiti from its walls.” The other mural showcases artwork that mirrors Basquiat’s famous 1982 painting Boy and Dog in a Johnnypump being frisked by policemen.
Both artists displayed anti-establishment themes through their work. Basquiat exhibited this through his 1983-piece Defacement (The Death of Michael Stewart) which depicted the death of a black aspiring artist and model who was beaten to death by policemen in New York. Banksy has always showcased nonconformity through his works including his famous 2004-piece Kissing Coppers.
Basquiat: Boom for Real will be held at Barbican Art Gallery, from 21st September 2017 — 28th January 2018.