With the imminent opening of the first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat scheduled for the 21st, a couple Banksy pieces have shown up outside the venue overnight. Although he’s certainly a fan of the late American artist, Banksy made note that it was ironic that a place that is normally very keen to clean any graffiti from its walls, the Barbican Gallery, still saw fit to host the work of the legendary graffiti artist.
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The main piece, what we like to call “SAMO Stop & Search” if you will, has been done with stencil spraypaint, freehand spraypaint and oil pastel while the smaller ferris wheel piece (incorporating Basquiat’s instantly recognizable crowns in oil pastels) has been done with stencil spraypaint, with the black base having been painted with a brush. The reference of course for the main piece is Basquiat’s Boy and Dog in a Johnny Pump from 1982, remixed with Mr. B’s Stop and Search resulting in a sort of unofficial collaboration.