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Jean-Michel BASQUIAT / Andy WARHOL - Warhol Basquiat Paintings, 1985

Jean-Michel BASQUIAT / Andy WARHOL
Warhol Basquiat Paintings, 1985
Original colour poster by Warhol and Basquiat signed "Andy Warhol" in black felt tip pen top left
Created in 1985 for their collective "Paintings" exhibition at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery de New York, Edition galeries Bischofberger, Zurich and Shafrazi, NY.
Photo : Michael Halsband, NY.
Dimensions : 48,5 x 30,5 cm.
It is the original edition and not the reedition of 1999 by the Tony Shafrazi Gallery whose measures are of 69 x 49 cm.
This item is sold by a professional art dealer who guaranties its authenticity.

Jean-Michel Basquiat : (1960–1988) was an american artist, icone and pionnieer of the "underground" movement. He achieved notoriety very early, under the name of "SAMO", which was an informal group of graffiti, who wrote enigmatic epigrams in Manhattan in the end of the 70's, where different circles of influence met, such as hip-hop, post-punk, or street art. Starting from the 1980's, he exhibited his neo-expressionist and primitivist works in international galleries and museums. His encounter with Andy Warhol was critical: he took him under his wing, and made several artistic collaborations together. They remained very close to each other until the Pop Art master died. For Warhol, Basquiat was «a mirror reflecting what he had been, what he was and what he would have dreamed to be». He brutally died, aged 27 only. He left behind him 800 paintings, and 1500 drawings. His first retrospective took place at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1992.
Andy Warhol : American artist of Slovak origins, he was born in Pittsburgh in 1928. Warhol is a key figure of the American avant-garde, leader of The Pop Art movement since 1960's. He graduated from Fine-Arts in 1949, and settled in New York to begin a career in advertising, using his draughtsman and illustrator's skills. Also creator of theater costumes, he chose an androgynous look and wore a platinum blonde wig and picked his name after his birth name: Andrew Warhola. He realized his first works drawing inspiration from comics (Popeye, 1961) or labels of common consummation products (Del Monte Peach Halves, Coca-Cola, Campbell's Soup). In 1962, Warhol took part in the « nouveaux réalistes » exhibition in New York, with Roy Lichtenstein and Yves Klein, which introduced Pop Art as an artistic movement. Through silkscreen printing, he elaborated series about celebrities (Liz Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy or Elvis). He also used them to revisit Mona Lisa's myth and proceeded to a study about flowers. Warhol's art is close to cinema, in which he worked starting from 1963. He considerably inspired cinematographic avant-garde. Appearing often in magazines, he was considered as an marginal icon. He opened his workshop-studio The « Factory » in 1963, which became one of the trendiest places of New York's life. The band The Velvet Underground, settled in it in its early stages. Warhol shot several experimental films there. He met Keith Haring in 1983, became his mentor, and was then joined Jean-Michel Basquiat in 1986 to contribute to the renewal of expressionist figuration. The artist died in New York in 1987.

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