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Two New Banksy Works Have Popped Up In London

The artist described them as an "unofficial collaboration".

The best thing about Banksy’s signature guerrilla street art is its unpredictability. Overnight, the artist unveiled not one, but two new works on the walls of London’s Barbican Arts Centre.

With an unprecedented Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition set to open at the venue in a matter of days, Banksy described the works as an “unofficial collaboration” between the two artists. The first shows two police officers frisking the humanoid figure from Basquiat’s Boy and Dog in a Johnnypump, while the other depicts a crowd queuing for a Ferris wheel with Basquiat-style crowns in place of carriages.

Basquiat died in 1988, aged just 27, and is described as “the pioneering prodigy of the 1980s downtown New York art scene” by the Barbican’s curators.

Famous for using his art as a medium for social commentary, Banksy posted a snap of the Ferris wheel to his (or her) Instagram account, pointing out the irony of a graffiti exhibition hosted by an institution largely intolerant of the art form.

Basquiat: Boom for Real opens at the Barbican on September 21, 2017, and will run until January 28, 2018. The exhibition will feature more than 100 of his works, on loan from galleries and private collections from around the world, along with films, photography and archive material.

How To Get There

  • Fly into Heathrow Airport
  • Take the Heathrow Express to Paddington Station
  • Take the Circle line to Barbican Station
  • Walk five minutes south on Aldersgate Street
  • Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London

Lead image: @banksy / Instagram