ART NEWS / 1 – 7 OCTOBER

Exciting Basquiat news, even more revelations about Banksy’s identity and more art news from the first week of October.

1. The first Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition in over 20 years will be held at the Barbican next September it was announced this week. Basquiat: Boom for Real will also be Basquiat’s (who was a friend and collaborator of the likes of Keith Haring and Andy Warhol) first large-scale retrospective ever in the UK.

The title of the show – Boom for Real – comes from Basquiat’s own lexicon. According to The Guardian, when Basquiat loved something he’d say, “boom for real,” and Basquiat loved a lot – demonstrated in the numerous mediums in which he worked.

Nairne told artnet News, “I have learned an enormous amount about Basquiat—and his universe of interests—in the course of making this exhibition. It’s hard to know where to begin.” She cites the painting Pegasus (1987) as an example of the wealth of knowledge from which Basquiat worked, and the intricacies behind each painting.” Astonishingly – despite the titanic price-tags Basquiat’s works now enjoy at auction (Dustheads achieved $48.8 million), not one is held in a public museum collection in the UK.

Basquiat: Boom for Real will be on view at The Barbican from 21 September 2017 – 28 January 2018.

2. Poor old Banksy, a week doesn’t go by without someone revealing his identity; but this week, someone got really close – if the YouTube video is anything to go by. The Banksy in the video, is shown graffiting on a street approved for Street Art, in Melborne. Mia S, who records the video, shows a detailed shot of ‘Banksy’s’ new mural, complete with signature, runs after him and captures his bespectacled face. We’ll leave it for you to decide ….

3. Next week, the Royal Academy will mark the Queen’s 90th birthday in an award ceremony that will honour works done in architecture and the visual art. On the 11th of October five nominees will be announced, who five leading Royal Academians (Chantal Joffe, Farshid Moussavi, Grayson Perry, Conrad Shawcross, and Yinka Shonibare) have agreed have made a substantial contribution to the fields of architecture and the visual arts within the nation.

The Royal Academy is headed by Royal Academicians such as Phyllida Barlow, Michael Craig-Martin, Tacita Dean, Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley, David Hockney and Anish Kapoor – who all work within the UK. The last time the Queen visited the Royal Academy was to mark her 60th year on the throne in 2012, as part of the Royal Jubilee.

4. Howard Hodgkin has a new exhibition on at the Alan Christea Gallery in London. Howard Hodgkin: After All is the first major survey of Hodgkin’s prints, and is also the name of the new series of works he’s created that are featured in this exhibition, complimenting the five decades (1977 to 2015 ) his other works on display span (22 works in total).

It was thanks to gallery owner Alan Christea, that we have Hodgkins new series of prints. As John-Paul Stonard reports in The Guardian, Christea was the one who persuaded Hodgkins his Venice prints should not be the last he created. Stonard reviews the exhibition and discusses the originality of print making in this piece.

5. When Johnny Depp moved into his Los Angeles apartment, he commissioned the famed street artists, twin Brazilian brothers, Os Gemeos (Portuguese for ‘the twins’), to create a large surrealist mural.

Depp is now selling his multi-floor penthouse in the stunning, art deco Eastern Columbia Building – that looks like something King Kong would’ve attached himself to – for $12.8 million; but unlike his collection of Basquiats which he sold at London auction house Christies earlier this year for $11.5 million, Depp will not be parting with the Os Gemos mural – this will be coming with him wherever he ends up.