On Tuesday 28th November, 17 Year 10 students visited the Barbican Centre to attend the exhibition of Jean Michel Basquiat, the pioneering prodigy of the 1980s downtown New York art scene. The exhibition at the Barbican Centre brought together an outstanding selection of more than 100 works from international museums and private collections. The exhibition featured rare film, photography and archive material and the show captured the spirit of this self-taught artist, poet, DJ and musician whose influence, since his death at 27 in 1988, has been enormous. Thank you to Ms Nichols for her support on the trip.
- Ms Drucker
The trip to the Barbican was insightful. The art pieces portrayed the critique Basquiat held towards society, but also himself as he battled with his insecurities and identity. His artwork depicts the epitome of dilemmas he faced as an African American in the midst of the 70s and 80s, approaching many concerns he held for the world.
This trip was very interesting and it was really great to see what the world of Art is like. I learnt that you don’t have to be a great artist to pursue Art: it’s about expressing feeling.