LONDON – Two murals by the artist known as Banksy appeared on Monday on the walls of London’s Barbican arts center, apparently in homage to the late American street artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Banksy seems to have given his particular seal of approval to the forthcoming “Basquiat: Boom For Real” exhibition at London’s Barbican Art Gallery, which premieres Thursday and can be visited until Jan. 28, 2018.
Authorship of the Barbican graffiti was confirmed by Banksy himself through his verified Instagram account.
The two new works feature a Ferris wheel with crown-shaped cars and a queue of people waiting for a ride.
“Major new Basquiat show opens at the Barbican – a place that is normally very keen to clean any graffiti from its walls,” read a comment under an image of the work on the Instagram account of the world famous graffiti artist.
The Barbican is hosting the “first large-scale exhibition in the UK” of the work of Basquiat, who died in 1988, aged 27, of a drug overdose.
Banksy’s second mural seemed to be inspired by Basquiat’s 1982 work, “Boy and Dog in a Johnnypump,” and had the following Instagram caption: “Portrait of Basquiat being welcomed by the Metropolitan Police – an (unofficial) collaboration with the new Basquiat show.”
The upcoming exhibition will include over 100 pieces, three decades after his death, and includes photographs, film, and archive material.
Basquiat, an ex-boyfriend of Madonna, was also a poet, painter and musician.
Bansky, a Bristol artist who has chosen to remain anonymous, is also known for his commitment to political and social justice issues that he supports.
Last May, a massive Banksy mural appeared on the side of a building in Dover, showing an Brexit-inspired scene of a man chiseling off a star from the European Union flag; his location choice was no accident, Dover is one of the main transport hubs linking Great Britain to mainland Europe.
In 2015, Banksy painted another of his murals at the Calais refugee camp in France.