Jean Michel Basquiat was one of the most significant painters of the 20th century. From his grafitti to his incredibly nuanced and textured canvases, the New York-based creative delivered integral work exploring racial injustice, identity, and pop culture before his tragic death in 1988. Now, for the first time, Basquiat's art will be showcased at a major exhibition of his works at London's Barbican next year.

From September 2017 until January 2018, Basquiat: Boom for Real will brings together more than 100 pieces of his works that have never been seen before in Britain. The exhibit will be curated by Dr Dieter Buchhart and Barbican Art Gallery Curator Eleanor Nairne nd organised in collaboration with the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt.

"We are truly thrilled to be staging the first show on Basquiat in the UK in over 20 years. The creative brilliance and emotive power of Basquiat continue to have a huge impact and influence on a wide range of artists, filmmakers, and musicians. This will, therefore, be a rare opportunity for visitors to see a huge body of some of his most famous and also little-known works in one place," head of visual arts at Barbican, Jane Alison said.

Jean-Michel Basquiat's two sisters Lisane and Jeanine Basquiat also shared their excitement about the forthcoming exhibit. "We are delighted to be working with the Barbican on this important exhibition, which is so long overdue."