Famous Artist Banksy Unofficially Cooperates With Basquiat Outside the Barbican -street art, mural, Banksy
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Famous Artist Banksy Unofficially Cooperates With Basquiat Outside the Barbican

Only days before the opening of this initial large-scale UK exhibition of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat‘s work in the Barbican, Banksy stopped at night to install two new murals. The first, which he refers to as a “portrait of Basquiat being welcomed by the Metropolitan Police,” depicts a figure isolated from Basquiat’s famous 1982 painting, Dog, and Boy in a Johnnypump, being frisked by two police officers as a dog watches nearby. The second shows a line of customers queuing to get a ride aboard a Ferris wheel of Basquiat’s iconic crowns drawn in oil pastel.

Basquiat rose to fame in the late 1970s on the streets of New York as a portion of their graffiti duo SAMO©. Banksy’s new bits appear to concurrently reference the incidence of racial profiling in targeted stop-and-frisk procedures (Basquiat sometimes referenced police brutality in his own work), although also coyly challenging the Barbican’s strict graffiti removal coverage.

Famous Artist Banksy Unofficially Cooperates With Basquiat Outside the Barbican -street art, mural, Banksy

Famous Artist Banksy Unofficially Cooperates With Basquiat Outside the Barbican -street art, mural, Banksy

Famous Artist Banksy Unofficially Cooperates With Basquiat Outside the Barbican -street art, mural, Banksy

Famous Artist Banksy Unofficially Cooperates With Basquiat Outside the Barbican -street art, mural, Banksy

Famous Artist Banksy Unofficially Cooperates With Basquiat Outside the Barbican -street art, mural, Banksy

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