Banksy is not one to miss an opportunity to poke fun at the art establishment and with the Barbican in London preparing to open their new exhibition Basquiat: Boom for Real he has not disappointed.
The larger of the two murals sees a Basquiat figure receiving a warm welcome from the London Metropolitan Police. Jean-Michel Basquiat started his artistic life as a street artist, becoming known as King Samo with his famous crown tag. The second mural shows a rotating Ferris wheel of crowns, with paying members of the public forming an orderly queue to get in on the action. Subtle mockery that the circus is in town perhaps?
Jean-Michel Basquiat's artworks have gained alot of public interest this year following the ground breaking auction result at Sotheby's New York of Untitled (1982), which achieved $110.5 million.
In another ironic twist, discussions are already being held by the Barbican to preserve the murals and avoid any further additions and tagging by other street artists, which has already occurred. If agreed on, the Banksy murals will be covered by Perspex for the forseeable.
Boom for Real opens September 21st until January 28th 2018.
All photographs taken by and property of Reem Gallery.