Paris – France
After the success of the “Jean-Michel Basquiat” exhibition, seen by nearly 700,000 visitors in 2018, here is the shock duo – “Basquiat x Warhol” presented at the Fondation Louis Vuitton. A blockbuster bringing together some eighty of the one hundred and sixty canvases painted “four hands,” as well as individual works completed by a set of works of other personalities of the art scene of downtown New York in the 1980s: Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, Kenny Scharf, Michael Hasband …
In addition to the crossed portraits (Basquiat by Warhol, Warhol by Basquiat), the 10m canvas African Masks and some other iconic canvases, the works exhibited focus on showing the process of figuration / disfiguration at the foundation of their exchanges which sometimes turned into a joust. Warhol, who envied Basquiat’s speed and freedom, freed himself from the “screen of silkscreening” and took up the brush to draw, without primer, logos and newspaper headlines, which Basquiat seized on voraciously, extending, metamorphosing, completing, illuminating, until his partner seized again on this “deluge of motifs and signs. More and more monumental, their canvases, mixing painting, collage, silk-screening…, masks, faces, logos and symbols…, consume the pop imagery in sometimes bloody flashes giving to the strikethrough all its expressive power, to the flow the power of the line and to the color, value of cry.
LOUIS VUITTON FOUNDATION
8, AV. DU MAHATMA GANDHI, BOIS DE BOULOGNE, PARIS
APRIL 5 – AUGUST 28