• Andy Warhol, Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1985, Unikat, Vintage Gelatine Silver Print, 20,3 x 25,4 cm, Sammlung Bischofberger, Schweiz © Foto: Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Schweiz © 2014, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., New York; Bildrecht, Wien
  • Andy Warhol, Andy Warhol and American Flag, 1983, Unikat, Vintage Gelatine Silver Print, 20,3 x 25,4 cm, Courtesy Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Schweiz © Foto: Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Schweiz © 2014, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., New York; Bildrecht, Wien
  • Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1982, Unikat, Vintage Gelatine Silver Print, 25,4 x 20,3 cm, Courtesy Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Schweiz © Foto: Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Schweiz © 2014, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., New York; Bildrecht, Wien
  • Andy Warhol, Four multicoloured Marilyns (Reversal Series), 1979-1986, Acryl und Siebdruck auf Leinwand, 92 x 71 cm, Privatbesitz, Courtesy Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Schweiz © Foto: Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Schweiz © 2014, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., New York; Bildrecht, Wien
  • Andy Warhol, Retrospective (Reversal Series), 1978, Acryl und Siebdruck auf Leinwand, 203 x 203 cm, Sammlung Bischofberger, Schweiz © Foto: Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Schweiz © 2014, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., New York; Bildrecht, Wien
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat, Brown Spots (Portrait of Andy Warhol as a Banana), 1984, Acryl und Ölkreide auf Leinwand, 193 x 213 cm, Sammlung Bischofberger, Schweiz © Foto: Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Schweiz © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat; Bildrecht, Wien, 2014
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat, P-Z, 1984, Acryl und Ölkreide auf Leinwand, 218,5 x 172,5 cm, Privatbesitz, Courtesy Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Schweiz © Foto: Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Schweiz © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat; Bildrecht, Wien, 2014
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Bananas, 1985, Acryl und Siebdruck auf Leinwand, 224 x 206 cm, Privatbesitz © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat und The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., New York; Bildrecht, Wien, 2014
  • Andy Warhol, Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1985, Unikat, Vintage Gelatine Silver Print, 20,3 x 25,4 cm, Sammlung Bischofberger, Schweiz © Foto: Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Schweiz © 2014, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., New York; Bildrecht, Wien
  • Andy Warhol, Andy Warhol and American Flag, 1983, Unikat, Vintage Gelatine Silver Print, 20,3 x 25,4 cm, Courtesy Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Schweiz © Foto: Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Schweiz © 2014, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., New York; Bildrecht, Wien
  • Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1982, Unikat, Vintage Gelatine Silver Print, 25,4 x 20,3 cm, Courtesy Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Schweiz © Foto: Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Schweiz © 2014, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., New York; Bildrecht, Wien
  • Andy Warhol, Four multicoloured Marilyns (Reversal Series), 1979-1986, Acryl und Siebdruck auf Leinwand, 92 x 71 cm, Privatbesitz, Courtesy Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Schweiz © Foto: Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Schweiz © 2014, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., New York; Bildrecht, Wien
  • Andy Warhol, Retrospective (Reversal Series), 1978, Acryl und Siebdruck auf Leinwand, 203 x 203 cm, Sammlung Bischofberger, Schweiz © Foto: Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Schweiz © 2014, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., New York; Bildrecht, Wien
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat, Brown Spots (Portrait of Andy Warhol as a Banana), 1984, Acryl und Ölkreide auf Leinwand, 193 x 213 cm, Sammlung Bischofberger, Schweiz © Foto: Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Schweiz © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat; Bildrecht, Wien, 2014
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat, P-Z, 1984, Acryl und Ölkreide auf Leinwand, 218,5 x 172,5 cm, Privatbesitz, Courtesy Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Schweiz © Foto: Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Schweiz © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat; Bildrecht, Wien, 2014
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Bananas, 1985, Acryl und Siebdruck auf Leinwand, 224 x 206 cm, Privatbesitz © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat und The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., New York; Bildrecht, Wien, 2014
  • "Warhol / Basquiat" Video Podcast ©

Warhol / Basquiat

16.10.2013 - 02.02.2014

In winter 2013/14, the Kunstforum is putting on a major show of works by Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. In the years 1984/85, the two star artists produced a large number of joint works that show the two very different artist personalities generating a fascinating and richly facetted creative electricity between them. A complementary visual language: Warhol’s emblematic, concentrated personal touch versus the spontaneous wildness of Basquiat.

 

Individual works are on show as well as the collaborations. Warhol’s works are primarily taken from his parallel periods of creativity, when he was mainly producing pictures executed by hand in black-and-white. This concentrated and purely graphic production – most are markings of everyday objects, signs and writing – clearly recall Warhol’s pioneer phase of Pop Art around 1960, when the artist appropriated consumer goods and motifs from the real world (newspaper advertisements, shoes, cars, etc.). These highlights of Pop Art in the exhibition confront his works from the nineteen-eighties. After a long stretch working with screen printing in Factory manner, Warhol returned to his personal style. This is surely due to the collaborations with Basquiat and his eruptive approach. The Warhol section in the exhibition is supplemented with icons of Pop Art from the nineteen-sixties and –seventies. A monumental retrospective painting unites Warhol’s legendary screen-printing subjects of Campbell’s Soup Can, Marilyn, Flowers and Electric Chair. Visitors can also encounter Old Master superstars in the pictures of Mona Lisa and the paraphrase of Leonardo’s Last Supper: the latter series is also one of the summits of Warhol’s last creative period.

 

The exhibition also includes major works by Basquiat: paintings and drawings produced between 1981 and 1986.

While his early phase still re-echoes with the graffiti style, the pictures since the mid nineteen-eighties become more small-scale in structure and more detailed in the setting of motifs. This is reflected most of all in the drawings, which teem with traces of text and objects. One of the Basquiat’s main sources is the classic medical textbook Gray’s Anatomy; also the anatomical master drawings by Leonardo da Vinci. Basquiat’s work is one of the great landmarks within the New Painting movement of the nineteen-eighties, the artist’s authentically expressive signature, off the beaten track of the “Malerfürst”, the “salon lion” painter of postmodernism, cultivating and flaunting his own public image.

 

Curator: Florian Steininger

 

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