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He died in 1988, at the age of 27 after a short, but fast and furious life of painting, partying, making music and – fatally – developing an addiction to heroin. Almost 30 years later, one of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s graffiti paintings sold for over 100 million dollars at Sotheby’s and he is now seen as one of the stars of 20-century art.


On 30 September at 8pm BBC2’s Front Row gives a preview of the Barbican’s  ‘Boom for Real’ exhibition of Basquiat’s work, with a guided tour by street artist Bambi.

And a forthcoming documentary also on BBC2 and entitled ‘Basquiat: Rage to Riches’ features exclusive interviews with Basquiat’s two sisters, Lisane and Jeanine Basquiat, who talk on TV for the first time about their brother and his art (time and date to be confirmed).

Also contributing are some of the world’s most famous art dealers who helped to make Basquiat’s reputation and benefited in no small way themselves from his work.

For more information see the BBC webpage Jean-Michel Basquiat: From homeless to $110m artist.

The exhibition started on 21 September and ends on 28 January and more information can be found on the Barbican website.