Pop Up Common Room: Basquiat Boom For Real

A painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat called Glenn, with a pop up common room logo

06 Dec 2017

9am to 10am

Image credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat. Glenn, 1985. Private collection. © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York.

This event is open to all current UAL postgraduate students 

Join UAL’s Postgraduate Community for an exclusive, early morning curator led tour of Basquiat: Boom for Real at the Barbican Centre.

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. 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.

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. Paintings, drawings, notebooks and objects are presented alongside rare film, photography, music and archival material, capturing the range and dynamism of Basquiat’s practice over the years.

At this Pop Up Common Room you will:
    •    Take part in a curator led tour of the show
    •    See an outstanding selection of more than 100 works by Basquiat, many never seen before in the UK
    •    Visit the gallery outside of normal opening hours
    •    Meet other postgraduate students from across UAL

After the tour ends at 10am, you will be free to stay on in the exhibition, or join others for a coffee in the Barbican cafe.

Places are limited: to apply to take part - email pgcommunity@arts.ac.uk with answers to the following questions:

        •    Why do you want to attend this Pop Up Common Room and how will this experience benefit you or your practice?
        •    If you are offered a place, can you guarantee you will turn up?
        •    What are you studying at UAL and which college are you part of?

Places will be confirmed by Wednesday 29 November
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Exclusive to UAL's Postgraduate Community, Pop Up Common Room events assist in the community's aims for building platforms for skill sharing, networking, collaboration and investigating new communities of practice. Find out more about previous Pop Up Common Room events on our blog: http://blogs.arts.ac.uk/pgcommunity/