Warhol x Basquiat: Paris Exhibit Icons' Collaboration

Two pop art icons Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol collaborated extensively in the 1980s, a new exhibit in Paris focusing on the 160 paintings the two artists jointly signed. 

Between 1984 and 1985 artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol created around 160 paintings together,  including some of the largest works produced during their respective careers. A new exhibit in Paris is now dedicated to their prolific collaboration. 

The two artists first met through their agent, Art dealer Bruno Bischofberger. Basquiat admired Warhol as an elder, an artistic personality, and the pioneer of a new language and a groundbreaking relationship to pop culture. Working from Warhol’s factory on Broadway,  the two artists would mix ideas onto canvases. 

As with most of Warhol’s works from that time, critiques for the show were unequivocally negative, putting an end to the two artists’ collaboration. 

Bringing together more than 80 paintings jointly signed by the two American artists,  the exhibit also features some of their individual works,  as well as works by other major artists from the time such as Keith Haring and Jenny Holzer.