Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) and Andy Warhol (1928-1987) collaborated on more than 160 paintings between 1984 and 1985. The Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris presents “Basquiat x Warhol. Painting 4 Hands” through August 28. The show title recalls the words of Keith Haring (1958-1990), who said that the collaboration between Warhol and Basquiat was like two minds merging and moving as one “third mind.”
Warhol and Basquiat’s collaboration had a profound effect on each other. Basquiat, an African-American, rose to the center of the New York art scene with Warhol, and Warhol returned to manual painting after working with Basquiat. However, their collaboration and close relationship did not last after a joint exhibition in 1985 was deemed a failure.
The exhibition brings together more than 300 works and documents by the two artists, including portraits of each other and their collaborative masterpiece ‘Ten Punching Bags-Last Supper (1985).’ It also features works by other key artists of the 1980s downtown New York art scene, including Keith Haring and Jenny Holzer (b. 1950).
The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is Denmark’s leading art museum, having presented some of the leading contemporary painters such as Peter Doig (b. 1959), Daniel Richter (b. 1962), Tal R (b. 1967), Cecily Brown (b. 1969), and Mamma Andersson (b. 1962). Through June 11, the museum presents “Between Us,” a solo exhibition by American painter Dana Schutz (b. 1976).
Grotesque and comic portrayals, dramatic tension in the composition of the figures, and intense color are hallmarks of Schutz’s figure paintings. While her early works depicted solitary figures in a claustrophobic canvas space, Schutz’s recent works have explored the interrelationships between people by depicting intricately intertwined clusters of figures on large canvases.
In this exhibition, Schutz presents a series of large-scale scenes of groups of people struggling to reach the top of a mountain, trying to survive on a ship at sea, or embarking on an adventure on a raft. Their enormous scale and iconic motifs give the impression of mythological scenes and emphasize the artist’s storyteller-like character. The exhibition spans two decades of Schutz’s work, including drawings, prints, and sculptures. After the show, the exhibition will travel to the MAM museum in Paris.
Florence was the center of the Italian Renaissance from the 14th to the 16th centuries, and to this day, tourists from around the world flock to see its legacy. In April, the city hosted the ‘Art for Tomorrow’ conference, which explored how Florence, a city of ancient art and architecture, could become a center for contemporary art. As a result, Iranian-American artist Y.Z. Kami (b. 1956) is now bringing contemporary motifs to the city with 24 paintings on display throughout Florence. Entitled “Light, Gaze, Presence,” the exhibition, on view simultaneously in several of Florence’s historic spaces, including museums, palaces, and churches, runs through September 24.
Born in the Iranian capital of Tehran, Kami moved to New York in 1984, where he was inspired to create large-scale portraits after seeing Andy Warhol’s portrait of Mao Zedong. His portraiture took a turn in the 1980s with the AIDS epidemic in New York. After witnessing the deaths of many young people, he began painting portraits of young men with their eyes closed, inspired by the funerary masks of Egyptian mummies, and has since developed painting techniques that render the contours of the figures transparent, giving the portraits a spiritual, pale, ghostly presence. One of the works on view is a portrait of Filippo Brunelleschi’s (1377-1446) death mask, the architect who designed Florence Duomo, displayed in a room that was the 15th-century nursery.