Warhol & Basquiat In Focus

Date(s) - 06/07/2021 - 09/20/2021
12:00 am

Andy Warhol Museum


This exhibition presents for the first time the museum’s near-entire holdings of artworks and ephemera related to Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988), the groundbreaking young painter who became a close friend and collaborator to pop art pioneer Andy Warhol in the 1980s.

Basquiat’s art focused on dichotomies such as wealth versus poverty, integration versus segregation, and inner versus outer experience.

The installation showcases the mutual trust, shared inspirations, and political concerns of Warhol and Basquiat’s collaborative works in the 1980s. The display includes “Ten Punching Bags (The Last Supper)”, a monumental sculpture that probes issues of Catholic guilt and the impact of the AIDS epidemic. “Untitled Collaboration Sculpture”, created with Italian painter Francisco Clemente (born 1952), references the murder of graffiti artist Michael Stewart (1958-1983)  while in police custody and America’s history of racial injustice.

This presentation features photographs, paintings, sculptures, and archival material left behind in Warhol’s studio after his death in 1987, chronicling the short but vibrant friendship and working relationship the artists shared from 1982 to 1986.

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