Did You Know?
The legendary Pop artist Andy Warhol had an unlikely friendship with Jean Michel Basquiat, who was 32 years his junior. In fact they created over 160 artworks together! Their collobaration and friendship is currently being celebrated at an exhibition at the Foundation Louis Vuitton. 'Basqiuat x Warhol: Painting Four Hands' features 80 canvases jointly signed by the artists. Keith Haring said of their friendship that is was a “conversation occurring through painting, instead of words". To learn more about the art of Basquiat, watch our film by presenter Skai, who discusses the iconic painting 'Hollywood Africans'.
'Friendships: Collaborative Works from Dada to Now' opened last weekend at Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg in Germany. It looks at artworks through the collaboration of friendship, starting with the Dadaists and working up to the present day. For the Dada artists, it was the process of collaboration which was important to their art rather than the object itself. They created a nightclub in Zurich called The Cabaret Voltaire, which would host theatre, poetry readings and art exhibitions. Here artists like Hugo Ball, Sophie Taeuber-Arp and Jean Arp, would play off each other to invent something completely new.