The exhibition Warhol Basquiat in the Bank Austria Kunstforum in Vienna provides unique insights into the creative process of two very different artistic personalities. According to the Swiss art dealer and gallery owner Bruno Bischofberger who met Jean-Michel Basquiat in 1981, and out of whose collection a good part of the works in this exhibition are on loan, the idea for the project has been conceived during a visit of Jean-Michel Basquiat to Saint Moritz, when he drew a picture together with the 3-year old daughter of the gallerist. Bischofberger felt that the child’s naïve style and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s conscious primitivism were very well matched.
Bruno Bischofberger proposed collaboration with other artists of his gallery (including Francesco Clemente) to Andy Warhol who agreed, and a first exhibition with 15 paintings was organized. In the years 1984 and 1985, each artist produced five pictures and then sent them to the other. In the following project Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat worked together in New York and became friends during their cooperation. Originally the participation of Julian Schnabel was planned but was abandoned because of personal disagreements with Julian Schnabel, who eventually made a film about Jean-Michel Basquiat in 1996. An exhibition portrait by CastYourArt.
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