Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988) and Andy Warhol (1928–1987) are two pop art heavyweights from different generations. The good friends joined forces to create a huge catalogue of paintings together. The Louis Vuitton Foundation has collated almost half of them in this exhibition to give us a fascinating insight into this collaborative creative phase in both artists’ careers.
After their paths first crossed in 1979 and 1980, Basquiat and Warhol were brought together by their art dealer Bruno Bischofberger in October 1982. In fact, it was Bischofberger who suggested that the two of them create paintings together “with four hands”.
In the beginning, they were also joined by another artist called Francesco Clemente. 15 of the paintings produced by the three of them are on display at the exhibition.
As we’ve come to expect from any exhibition at the Louis Vuitton Foundation, this one fills almost every room in the magnificent building designed by Frank Gehry. The exhibition is divided into 13 themed sections and spread out over 9 rooms, with works by other contemporary artists cleverly weaved in to provide historical and artistic context.