If you know any recent art history, the name Jean-Michel Basquiat is very recognizable. He gained his fame running the streets of New York with the likes of Andy Warhol and Keith Haring during the late 70s and most of the 80s – where and when the hip hop, punk, and street art movements were thriving in full force. Basquiat used social commentary in his paintings as a metaphor for deeper truths about the individual, focusing mainly on attacking the corrupt systems of the 1%. His paintings were acutely political and pointed their criticisms directly at the issues of colonialism, racism and support for class struggles.
Jean-Michel Basquiat was more than just an artist, he lived his life as a performance. A true connoisseur of the art of living. Whether it was a canvas, clothes or a refrigerator – he painted anything he came across, tagging them with his iconic crown or SAMO© motifs.
After a very successful run at the Barbican Center in London, this amazing collection travels to Germany and is presented at the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt am Main marking Jean-Michel Basquiat‘s first major solo exhibition here in over 30 years. This one is not to be missed.
“Boom For Real”
Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Schirn
Römerberg 6 | 60311 Frankfurt am Main
All images courtesy of SCHIRN KUNSTHALLE FRANKFURT am Main GmbH and their associates.