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Basquiat x Warhol: A must-see exhibition at the Fondation Louis Vuitton
- 07/04/2023

The exhibition "Basquiat x Warhol: four hands"
organized by the Fondation Louis Vuitton is generating a lot of interest in the art world. After the resounding success of the "Jean-Michel Basquiat"exhibition in 2018, the Foundation continues its exploration of the artist's work and this time highlights his collaboration with the renowned Andy Warhol. This unique exhibition, presented from April 5 to August 28, 2023, offers visitors the opportunity to discover the creative exchange between two of the 20th century's most iconic artists.



Jean-Michel Basquiat is an American artist born in 1960 in Brooklyn, New York. He is known for his expressive and spontaneous paintings rich in colors, symbols and references to popular culture. Basquiat began his artistic career as a graffiti artist on the streets of New York, where he gained notoriety for his distinctive style and unique lettering technique. He became one of the most important figures in the street art and underground art movement of the 1980s, leaving behind a deeply influential body of work that continues to inspire many artists today

Basquiat and his works

Jean-Michel Basquiat's artworks are famous for their unique style and representation of popular culture. Among his most famous works are:
  • "Untitled" (1981), a painting composed of bright colors and graphic patterns that sold for $110.5 million in 2017, setting a record for an American artist.
  • "Riding with Death" (1988) is another of Basquiat's now iconic paintings, featuring a skeletal figure riding a car through a cityscape.
  • "Self-Portrait" (1982) is an expressive self-portrait by the artist, revealing his spontaneous and energetic painting style.
Other artworks by Jean-Michel Basquiat include murals, drawings and collages that reflect his fascination with African-American culture, art history and social criticism. Jean-Michel Basquiat's artworks continue to inspire and influence many contemporary artists, attesting to the relevance and scope of his work.

Artwork Carré d'artistes : Samo is dead by Lamboley Franck, illustrating Basquiat and his works
Lamboley Franck
Samo is dead



Andy Warhol artwork by G. Carta


Andy Warhol was an American artist of the pop art movement in the 1960s, redefined the notion of art by incorporating everyday objects and icons of mass culture into his artworks. He also created a repetitive, industrial style of work through the use of screen printing. In addition to his work as an artist, Warhol was also a public figure, socializing with celebrities and high-profile figures in art and culture. He created the Factory, an art studio and meeting place for members of the New York art scene. Warhol was also a major contributor to the underground music scene, producing albums for artists such as The Velvet Underground. His unique personality and impact on art and culture have made him an iconic and influential figure in the history of modern art.

Andy Warhol ans his works

Andy Warhol's works emblematic of the pop art era: 

  • Andy Warhol and Marilyn Monroe: One of his most famous works is undoubtedly his series of portraits of Marilyn Monroe, created shortly after the actress' death in 1962. These paintings depict Monroe from different angles and in bright colors, reflecting Warhol's obsession with pop culture icons.

  • Warhol also depicted other celebrities in his works, including Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor and Mao Zedong.

  • "Campbell's soup" cans and Coca-Cola bottles are other examples of his use of mass culture in art.

  • Warhol also created abstract and experimental works, such as Silver Clouds, helium balloons shaped like pillow cushions that float in the air.

Using mass production and reproduction techniques, Warhol created a repetitive, industrial style of work that has influenced artists for decades. Warhol and his works are now considered classics of contemporary art and continue to inspire many artists around the world.

Andy Warhol's work : Marilyn Monroe

Collaboration between Basquiat and Warhol: two icons



The collaboration between Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol began in 1984 and continued until Warhol's death in 1985. The two artists worked together on approximately 160 paintings, some of which are among the largest of their respective careers. The collaboration between Basquiat and Warhol was based on exchange and co-creation, a revolutionary practice for the time. The exhibition "Basquiat x Warhol: Four Hands" offers an insight into this unique collaboration through a selection of paintings and drawings.





The exhibition "Basquiat x Warhol : à quatre mains" will be held at the Fondation Louis Vuitton exhibition from April 5 to August 28, 2023. This exhibition will be a unique retrospective highlighting the creative collaborations between two of the 20th century's iconic artists: Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol. The exhibition will be presented in several rooms, each presenting a different aspect of the collaboration between the two artists. Visitors will be able to discover previously unseen works, drawings and paintings, as well as photographs from the period of collaboration.

The neo collector's guide

The works presented

The Louis Vuitton Paris exhibition "Basquiat x Warhol: Four Hands" will present a selection of paintings and drawings created by the two artists during their collaboration from 1984 to 1985.  The works presented have been carefully selected to provide a comprehensive and representative view of the collaboration between the two artists.

The impact of the collaboration

The collaboration between Basquiat and Warhol had a significant impact on contemporary art. Both artists challenged conventional ideas of art and proposed a new creative approach. The collaboration between Basquiat and Warhol also paved the way for many other artistic collaborations. The exhibition "Basquiat x Warhol: Four Hands" will allow visitors to understand the importance of this collaboration in the history of contemporary art.

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