Transcendent art takes us to another place. I was delighted to lose myself for hours at the Basquiat: Boom for Real exhibition at Barbican (until 28 Jan). It was brilliant.
The exhibition includes an extensive collection of his poetry, performance, music, film and video arranged over two floors. As the Barbican site puts it:
More than any other exhibition to date, Basquiat: Boom for Real focuses on the artist’s relationship to music, writing, performance, film and television, placing him within the wider cultural context of the time. Paintings, drawings, notebooks and objects are presented alongside rare film, photography, music and archival material, capturing the range and dynamism of Basquiat’s practice over the years.
Words don’t do justice to how captivating, colourful and inspiring his work made me feel. Though he is long gone, Basquiat’s energy and fearlessness reverberates in his work. He was a complicated, vibrant, daring creator who looked everywhere for inspiration.
Experiencing his work was both a benediction and a challenge. Like, “Okay, now you go create!” A must see, for real. This is the last week of its run. Book and go see.
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