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portrait of basquiat being welcomed by the metropolitan police

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A queue of fairgoers in line for a Basquiat-themed ferris wheel is the second of two pieces here by Banksy that takes a jab at the Barbican Center’s exhibition for Basquiat whose art career started in the New York graffiti scene of the late 70s and early 80s.

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portrait of basquiat being welcomed by the metropolitan police

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Banksy’s ‘Portrait of Basquiat being welcomed by the Metropolitan Police – an (unofficial) collaboration with the new Basquiat show’ featuring a character appropriated from Basquiat’s ‘Boy and Dog in a Johnnypump’ appeared in the Barbican Tunnel just before the September 2017 opening of a Basquiat showcase at the Barbican Center in London.

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basquiat’s art studio

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Jean-Michel Basquiat died of a heroin overdose at age 27 here at his art studio on Great Jones Street in Manhattan on August 12, 1988.

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brexit mural

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Banksy's critique of Brexit appeared on the side of a Castle Amusements building in Dover, next to the ferry port connecting the UK with France, in early May 2017. The family that owns the building plans to attempt to sell the piece, although that same family was thwarted by a judge in 2015 after trying to sell an earlier Banksy piece. Who knows how long this one will stick around.

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the walled off hotel

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Banksy's Walled Off Hotel, (yes, an actual hotel where you can book an overnight stay) opened in Bethlehem in March of 2017 directly next to the wall separating the state of Israel from Palestine. Guests can occupy rooms decorated by Banksy and other artists, or the budget-conscious traveller can choose a room 'outfitted with surplus items from an Israeli military barracks.'

An art gallery and a piano bar featuring player piano compositions by Massive Attack, Trent Reznor and others are open daily to the public, and at the Wall-Mart next door you can buy graffiti supplies to add your own mark to the separating wall.

Find out more here about Banksy's Walled Off Hotel.

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