'Collaboration and Contrast (#3)' by Andy Warhol (after) x Jean-Michel Basquiat (after), 2021
From Be@rbrick x Medicom Toy.
Officially licensed figure by The Andy Warhol Foundation and the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Based on the art duo's collaboration from 1984-1985.
400% figure (11 Inches tall) +
100% figure (2.8 Inches tall)
11.8 x 7.9 x 4.7 Inches (box)
Collectible hydro-dipped designer vinyl art figure set.
Limited Edition (Sold Out).
New in original, unopened box.
ABOUT THE ART
Andy Warhol collaborated with artist Jean-Michel Basquiat over several years during the 1980s. Their first collaborative project was with an Italian painter named Francesco Clemente. It was primarily a collaboration-by-mail in which the artists were mailing partially finished canvases to each other rather than painting together in the same room.
Eventually Warhol and Basquiat became close friends, and they worked together on over 100 paintings without Clemente. Typically, Warhol would start by tracing a Pop Art symbol or a news headline onto a canvas using his overhead projector; then Basquiat would add a symbol, picture, or words to the painting in his Neo-Expressionist style.
The artists would take turns adding layers to each artwork without much preliminary discussion. Both artists appropriated imagery from a variety of source material: books, magazines, newspapers, television, advertisements, and even medical diagrams. Their collaborations show the stark contrast between their artistic styles and creative perspectives.
Although Warhol had collaborated with friends and assistants on art projects since the 1950s, the paintings he made with Basquiat are unique in that he allowed another artist to authentically represent their own style on the same canvas as his Pop Art.