Diary September 2017 Exhibition, music & theatre



Basquiat: Boom for Real

Self-taught and long-overlooked, Brooklyn-born JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT was central to the fervent 1980s East Village post-punk art scene that began the careers of Cindy Sherman, kim Gordon and keith Haring. From his SAMO graffiti epigrams, to drawings, paintings and collaborations with Warhol, Basquiat showed that anything was up for grabs (right, Anti-Baseball Card Product, 1979, by Basquiat and Jennifer Stein). His art was prodigious yet curtailed – he’d squirreled away over a thousand pieces before his death from an overdose in 1988, aged just 27. Basquiat: Boom for Real at london’s Barbican (from September 21 to January 28) will be the largest ever UK exhibition of his work, which now commands a staggering price tag – in May, Untitled (1982) sold for S110.5 million, exceeding that of any US artist.

Rachel Whiteread

In 1993, Rachel Whiteread launched her career with House, a concrete cast of the entire interior of a terraced home in London's East End, winning the Turner Prize the same year. The sculpture was demolished, but its influence has lasted. Now the artist is celebrated in a monumental survey of her work featuring unforgettable pieces, some of which have been made for the exhibition. From 12th September to 21st January 2018 at Tate Britain


They played at Coachella, starred in Beyoncé’s Lemonade, and featured in Chanel’s 2017 Cruise collection in Havana. Now IBEYI aka 22-year-old French-Cuban twins Naomi and Lisa-Kainde Diaz, have a gorgeous new album ASH, a genre-defying blend of Afro-Cuban R&B, which samples Michelle Obama and West African Yoruba chants, from which they take their name, meaning ‘twins’. (Ash is released in September by XL Recordings.)


Girl from the North Country

The thought of a new work from the brilliant Irish playwright Conor Mc Pherson (who wrote The Weir) is exciting enough for theatre-goers, but in an even more sensational coup, Bob Dylan is granting permission – as he has rarely done before – for his songs to be used in a stage show. The setting is the city of Duluth, Minnesota, in 1934. A guesthouse owner, his wife and daughter are struggling to survive, when into their life come a preacher and a boxer, both also down on their luck. Ron Cook, Shirley Henderson and Ciarán Hinds lead a 20-strong company of actors and musicians in one of the must-see productions of the summer. Until 7th October at The Old Vic


The painstaking negociations that took place in Norway leading up to the historic handshake between Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israel's Yitzhak Rabin in 1993 might not sound like the makings of a great drama. But oslo, which won Best New Play at the 2017 Tony Awards, is acclaimed for its smart, insightful comedy amid the delicate diplomacy, with a level of intrigue comparable - according to director Bartlett Sher - to binge-watching Homeland. From 5th to 23rd September at the National Theatre; 2nd October to 30th December at the Harrold Pinter Theatre

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