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New Banksy Murals At The Barbican Explained On Instagram

An '(unofficial) collaboration'.

18/09/2017 07:45 BST | Updated 19/09/2017 10:19 BST

The meaning of Bansky’s latest set of murals has been explained by the mysterious street artist on Instagram.

The works, marking the opening of an exhibition by American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, appeared in a tunnel close to the Barbican Centre in central London.

Banksy described the murals as an “(unofficial) collaboration” in a series of Instagram posts.

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Basquiat first rose to fame as a New York City graffiti artist before turning his hand to painting. He died in 1988, aged just 27, from a suspected drug overdose, PA reported.

Alongside an image on Instagram of the first work – a Ferris wheel – Banksy wrote: “Major new Basquiat show opens at the Barbican – a place that is normally very keen to clean any graffiti from its walls.”

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The second mural, which bears a likeness to Basquiat’s 1982 work Boy and Dog in a Johnnypump, is captioned: “Portrait of Basquiat being welcomed by the Metropolitan Police – an (unofficial) collaboration with the new Basquiat show.”

Basquiat: Boom for Real opens at the Barbican Centre on Wednesday.

It has been described by the arts venue as the “first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of [the] American artist”.

Banksy is thought have been born in Bristol, just 20 miles north west of Weston-super-Mare - where he based a 2015 attraction - in the early 1970s.

The artist may have run with one of the city’s prolific graffiti gangs, but Banksy’s own work grew to prominence in the 1990s.

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