Sale 15BP01 | Lot 224

BASQUIAT, JEAN-MICHEL and WARHOL, ANDY Exhibition poster signed by both artists

Catalogue: Rare Books, Autographs & Photographs
BASQUIAT, JEAN-MICHEL and WARHOL, ANDY  Exhibition poster signed by both artists

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Lot 224
BASQUIAT, JEAN-MICHEL and WARHOL, ANDY Exhibition poster signed by both artists, from the exhibition at Tony Shafrazi Galler...
, from the exhibition at Tony Shafrazi Gallery, September/October 1985. Color printed poster depicting Warhol and Basquiat wearing boxing gloves after the photo by Michael Halsband, signed in black by each artist above their portrait. 19 x 12 inches (49 x 31 cm). Folds, a few ink smudges likely from original signing.
Warhol and Basquiat became friends in the late 1970s and collaborated on paintings - the culmination of the relationship being the 1985 show at the Shafrazi Gallery in which the paintings were exhibited. The opening of the exhibition was attended by the poster's consignor and her recollections of the event, including descriptions of the moment both Warhol and Basquiat signed the piece, were documented in the October 1985 issue of the California College of Arts and Crafts newsletter (a copy of the article provided with the lot). In the article, the opening is described as packed and that "it was impossible to see the art work, which served more as a backdrop to the theatre of the moment ... the large, mechanically rendered logo-symbology by Warhol was willingly insulted by the wild, gestural hand of Basquiat." Materials signed by both Warhol and Basquiat are rare, especially when signed on the opening night of their collaborative exhibition, a triumphal moment in both careers.


Estimate: $7,000 - $10,000
Sold for $6,875 (includes buyer's premium)

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Estimate: $7,000 - $10,000
Sold for $6,875 (includes buyer's premium)

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