Arken Museum of Modern Art

Warhol & Basquiat

03 Sep 2011 - 11 Jan 2012

Jean-Michel Basquiat_and_Andy_Warhol
Apples and Lemons, 1985
3 September, 2011 – 11 January, 2012

In autumn 2011 ARKEN is opening a large special exhibition of two American legends, Andy Warhol (1928-1987) and Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988). The exhibition will show individual works by the two artists and more than 100 collaborative works, which Warhol and Basquiat created in the brief, but intense period from 1984 to 1985.

The exhibition offers a unique window into an unusual collaboration between two very different artistic temperaments. While Warhol had long perfected the look and style of mass-production and Pop Art, young Basquiat manifested himself with a fiercely expressive painting style, a raw mix of symbols and characters growing out of the unpolished idiom of graffiti.

ARKEN’s exhibition is the story of Warhol and Basquiat – the times they lived in, the artists’ roles, the myths and the mutual fascination that propelled the two artists’ singular collaboration and made sparks fly in the works.

Tags: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol