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Warhol on Basquiat The Icon

Warhol on Basquiat The Icon

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This beautiful book gives a very close look at the legendary relationship between Andy Warhol and Jean Michel Basquiat — letters, words, works initiated, completed or not…We better understand one of the most discussed friendships of art, and finally the least known…
Author : Michael Dayton Hermann
Title : Warhol on Basquiat, The Iconic relationship told in Andy Warhol’s Words & Pictures
Publishing House : Taschen
Release date : June 2019
The complex relation between Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat has always fascinated the art world. At a time when Warhol, the great prince of cool New York, was world famous, Basquiat, a young talent from the bustling heart of Manhattan, suddenly emerged from the graffiti scene. Together they developed an electrifying personal and professional relationship.
Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s complex relationship captivated the art world then and now. At a time when Warhol was already world famous and the elder statesman of New York cool, Basquiat was a downtown talent rising rapidly from the graffiti scene. Together, they forged an electrifying personal and professional partnership.
As a prolific documentarian of his own world, Warhol extensively photographed and wrote of his friendship with Basquiat, all played against the backdrop of 1980s downtown New York City. It reveals not only the emotional depth of their relationship but also its ambiguities, extremities, and complexities.
Produced in collaboration with The Andy Warhol Foundation and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s estate, this book chronicles the duo’s relationship in hundreds of previously unpublished photographs of Basquiat along with a dynamic cast of characters from Madonna to Grace Jones, Keith Haring to Fela Kuti. The shots are accompanied by entries from the legendary Andy Warhol Diaries, selected collaborative artworks, and extensive ephemera. Touching, intimate, and occasionally sardonic, Warhol on Basquiat is a voyeuristic glimpse into the lives of two of modern art’s brightest stars.

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