Basquiat: Boom for Real
巴斯奎特:真正的繁榮


Barbican Art Gallery
21 September 2017 – 28 January 2018

Untitled, 1982 © Jean-Michel Basquiat

Basquiat: Boom for Real is the first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988). One of the most significant painters of the 20th century, Basquiat came of age in the late 1970s in the post-punk underground art scene in downtown New York. By 1982, he had gained international recognition and was the youngest ever artist to participate in Documenta 7 in Kassel. His vibrant, raw imagery, abounding with fragments of bold capitalised text, offers insights into both his encyclopaedic interests and his experience as a young black artist with no formal training. Since his tragic death in 1988, Basquiat has had remarkably little exposure in the UK.

Bringing together an outstanding selection of more than 100 works, 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.

Basquiat first came to the media’s attention in 1978, when he teamed up with his classmate Al Diaz to graffiti enigmatic statements across the city under the collective pseudonym SAMO© (a contraction of ‘same old, same old shit’). He collaborated with other artists, most famously with Andy Warhol, created murals and installations for notorious New York nightclubs including the Mudd Club, Area and Palladium, and in 1983 produced ‘Beat Bop’, a classic hip hop record with K-Rob and Rammellzee.

Highlights of this Barbican’s exhibition include a partial reconstruction of Basquiat’s first body of exhibited work, made for Diego Cortez’s watershed group show New York / New Wave at P.S.1 in February 1981. Fifteen works are brought together for the first time in over 35 years, allowing visitors to understand how Basquiat so quickly won the admiration of fellow artists and critics.

 

《巴斯奎特:真正的繁榮》是美國藝術家讓-米切爾·巴斯奎特(1960-1988)在英國的首次大型展覽。巴斯奎特是二十世紀最重要的畫家之一。他在1970年代後期紐約下城的後朋克地下藝術氛圍中成長。到1982年,他已蜚聲國際,是第七屆卡塞爾文獻展中最年輕的藝術家。他的視覺語言充滿活力,粗獷而不雕飾,加上碎片化的粗體大寫的文本,讓我們得以看出他那百科全書式的興趣及未受過正規藝術教育的個人經歷。但自其死於1988年後,在英國關於他的一切便幾乎無人談起。

此次巴比肯藝術中心將展出巴斯奎特逾百件作品,凸顯其作品與音樂、寫作、表演、電影和電視等藝術門類之間的關係,把他放到了更廣闊的時代文化語境中進行討論。

巴斯奎特在1978年首次為媒體所關注,當時他和同學阿爾·迪亞茲的合作以“SAMO©”為名,在紐約各地塗鴉神秘的宣言。他還和其他藝術家合作過,其中最有名的有安迪·沃霍爾,還為臭名昭著的紐約夜總會,包括穆德俱樂部、地域俱樂部和帕拉斯神像俱樂部,創作壁畫和裝置作品。在1983年他還與K-Rob和Rammellzee創作了《Beat Bop》,一張經典的嘻哈音樂唱片。

此次展覽的亮點包括巴斯奎特最早期作品的部分重現,原作當初是為1981年二月份在紐約P.S.1迭戈·科爾特斯策劃的群展《紐約/新浪潮》所創作的。展覽當中有15件重要展品是35年來首次進行展出,這將有助於觀者更好地理解巴斯奎特何以如此快速地贏得藝術家同行及批評家的讚許。

 

展覽場地:巴比肯藝術中心
展覽時間:2017年9月21日至2018年1月28日
更多信息:www.barbican.org.uk