JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT/ ANDY WARHOL
17-19 DAVIES STREET LONDON W1K 3DE
During the 1980’s, there was a resurgence in the art world and there were two artists with very distinct and different styles seemed to be leading this wave. Andy Warhol, who was the older of the two, explored pop culture and iconography while Jean-Michel Basquit, the up-and-coming artist focused more attention on graffiti style art. The two artists worked on a series of pieces between 1983 and 1985, one of which was inspired by the 1984 Olympic Games, held in Los Angeles, USA. The piece is a representation of both artists’ unique styles, is supposed to also serve as an allusion of former African American Olympians such as Carl Lewis, Jesse, and John Carlos. Olympic Rings is a part of a collaborative series by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol which was created over that two year span. To coincide with the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, the Gagosian Gallery is presenting this piece from 19 June – 11 August.
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