Image source: Banksy
Image source: Banksy

The Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition, Basquiat: Boom for Real, has officially opened at The Barbican Centre. Days before the official opening, London has received a couple artistic surprises with two new Banksy pieces suddenly appearing on the Barbican walls. Banksy points out the irony of the Basquiat x Barbican collaboration by posting on his Instagram account,

Major new Basquiat show opens at the Barbican – a place that is normally very keen to clean any graffiti from its walls.

— Banksy
Image source: Banksy
Image source: Banksy

The first Banksy work involves a black painted square with an oil pastel image of a ferris wheel including a remixed take with Basquiat’s iconic imagery of crowns. But the main attraction references Basquiat’s Boy and Dog in a Johnnypump, 1982 piece, which incorporates Banksy’s famously recognisable themes of authority, in this case: two police are shown to be going through with the stop and search procedure over the Basquiat image.

Image source: Banksy
Image source: Banksy

Banksy’s graffiti art has once again become the main topic of conversation in the art world but has also attracted local workers and citizens to stop by the Barbican and see the pieces for themselves. Call it vandalism, call it art, there’s no doubt that it aids in the boost of the City of London’s culture.