The Barbican has announced that a range of Jean-Michel Basquiat art skateboards created by the Skateroom will be available to buy, accompanying the gallery’s upcoming exhibition, Basquiat: Boom for Real.
The board’s – constructed from 7-ply Canadian Maple – will carry the NY artist’s paintings from the early eighties, all silkscreen printed by hand. Iconic works such as Gold Griot, In Italian and Robot, amongst others have been translated onto the bottom of skate decks, emphasising the artists’ vast influence on street culture.
While this isn’t the first time The Skateroom have turned Basquiat’s work into decks – the first collection dropped back in 2014 and pieces have since been exhibited at MoMa locations in New York, and at colette in Paris – this drop is the first time the decks have been available to buy on UK soil.
Opening 21st September 2017, Basquiat: Boom for Real is the first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of American artist, bringing together a selection of over 100 works, many never seen before in the UK.
Without formal training Basquiat started out as a graffiti artist before translating his work from wall to canvas. In a time of minimalist intellectual art, Basquiat tore up the rule book via his expressive and individualistic collage style aesthetic. Away from his artwork, the New Yorker gigged with Vincent Gallo, dated Madonna and had Andy Warhol on speed dial; in a time when New York was the mecca of all things hip Basquiat was king of cool. Now’s your chance to grab a piece of art history and carve it up.
The skateboards retail at £160 for a single deck and £395 for triptychs. Find more information here.