Warhol on Basquiat: The Iconic Relationship Told in Andy Warhol’s Words and Pictures
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 forgedan 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.
Producedin collaboration with The Andy Warhol Foundation and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s estate, this book chronicles the duo’s relationship in hundreds ofpreviously unpublished photographsof Basquiat along with a dynamic cast of characters from Madonna to Grace Jones, Keith Haring to Fela Kuti.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 legendaryAndy Warhol Diaries,selected collaborative artworks, andextensive ephemera. Touching, intimate, and occasionally sardonic,Warhol on Basquiatis a voyeuristic glimpse into the lives of two of modern art’s brightest stars.