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Banksy at Barbican

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by Nicole J (subscribe)
Hopping between Hong Kong, London, Hua Hin and Sydney. Exploring and eating my way through these great cities. I have a small tummy, big appetite.
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Act now as Banksy's can be removed or stolen at short notice
If you haven't yet seen the two new Banksy's that sprung up a few nights ago, head down to Golden Lane in EC2. The two murals are directly opposite each other in the Barbican tunnel between the tube station and the Barbican Centre.

Banksy is the famously anonymous British graffiti artist who was named by Time magazine in its list of the world's 100 most influential people in 2010. Starting out as a free-hand graffiti artist, Banksy turned to using stencils to produce his satirical works as it was speedier to produce onsite.

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Banksy's take on Basquiat's Boy and Dog in a Johnnypump (1992). The Banksy caption is 'Portrait of Basquiat being welcomed by the Metropolitan Police - an (unoffical) collaboration with the new Basquiat show.'


Banksy's works comment on the Barbican showing an exhibition of American graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat inside their halls when normally the art centre is "a place that is normally very keen to clean any graffiti from its walls".

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Banksy's tribute to Basquiat makes reference to the crown motif that peppered Basquait's art. The caption on this second artwork reads, 'Major new Basquiat show opens at the Barbican - a place that is normally very keen to clean any graffiti from its walls'.


Basquiat lived a short, sharp, intense life. He never formally trained as an artist, but observed life around him and drew what he saw. In the late 1970s, his raw talent propelled him from a homeless and unemployed 17-year old to abstract graffiti rock star. He struggled to cope with his fame and fortune and he died in his art studio in Manhattan from a suspected heroin overdose aged 27.

Earlier this year, a Japanese businessman purchased Basquiat's, Untitled(1982) for US110 million.

This showcase is the first time Jean-Michel Basquiat's work has been exhibited in the UK. The large-scale exhibition called, Basquiat: Boom for Real, opens Thursday 21 September 2017 and runs until 28 January 2018. Entry is £16. For more information click here.

The Banksy works are entirely free to view as they are on the street.
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Why? Two new Banksys have popped up ahead of a retrospective of the Basquiat exhibition
When: Basquiat exhibition: Mon–Sat: 9am–11pm Sun: 11am-11pm Bank Holidays: 12 noon–11pm or now for the Banksy as it is on the street and could be removed at any time
Phone: 020 7638 8891
Where: Barbican Centre Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
Cost: Basquiat exhibition £16 or free for Banksy
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The two Banksy's in the Barbican tunnel are now behind glass so lucky you if you got in yesterday as now it feel like one step removed.
by nicol (score: 0|2) 30 days ago
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