Warhol / Basqiuat Paintings
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2009

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Warhol / Basqiuat Paintings 1985 / 1999
  • Artist Rooms
In the 1980s Warhol came to be idolised by several emerging artists including Keith Haring, Francesco Clemente and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Warhol viewed these young artists as protégés and they began collaborating on artworks – each painting on the same canvases. In 1984 Warhol and Basquiat collaborated on a series of paintings which were exhibited at the Shafrazi Gallery in New York the following year. In these works Warhol painted mainly corporate logos and newspaper headlines, with Basquiat then adding his archetypal, primitive drawings. The exhibition, however, was not well received and only one painting sold. Warhol was used to negative press but Basquiat took the criticism to heart and severed all ties with Warhol.

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Primitive

A term once used to describe the art of non-Western cultures such as Africa and Oceania, now generally seen as deprecatory and indicative of an outdated belief in Western superiority. It is also used to describe artists, usually self-taught, who work outside of the currents of mainstream art practice.

Primitive

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00461
  • Medium Screenprint on paper
  • Size 67.80 x 47.80 cm
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008