Street artist extraordinaire, Banksy, is most famous for his social and political commentary through street art. He has created installations for major cities like London, New York, and even the Gaza strip.
His controversial artwork also makes commentary on the way institutions treat street art. His most recent work appears at the Barbican centre in London, and are an ironic take on Jean-Michel Basquiat’s artwork. Basquiat is an American artist who began his career with graffiti in New York during the 1980s.
A second mural depicts one of Basquiat’s most iconic pieces, “Boy and dog in a Johnnypump.” In Banksy’s depiction, police officers are frisking the “boy” while the “dog” waits behind.
The murals in Barbican are Banksy’s first major mural since the last one he painted in Dover, a comment on Brexit. The mural shows a man taking a star off the European flag.