Warhol met Basquiat through their common art dealer Bruno Bischofberger. They ended up collaborating on 200 paintings and had a common show at Tony Shafrazi Gallery, opening on September 14, 1985.
Meeting and working with Warhol was a dream for Basquiat. Warhol genuinely admired Basquiat’s work and they would sometimes swap techniques which was what Warhol said he preferred when “you can't tell who did which parts."
In an interview, Basquiat detailed their process, how he would start a painting before Warhol would add to it and so on. He even mentioned that Warhol was sometimes unwilling to add more so Basquiat would push him to do so.
Warhol said that this collaboration was probably among the best things he had done and he was always positive about it even when the reviews were negative. Indeed, thanks to Basquiat, Warhol went back to painting and found a new source of inspiration.
Keith Haring wrote about their collaboration that "It was a physical conversation happening in paint instead of words.”
The Andy Warhol Diaries,
Jean-Michel Basquiat: 1960-1988, Leonhard Emmerling
Tale of Two Legends: Warhol and Basquiat, Sotheby's, 2019
Jean Michel and Andy collaboration, 2021, Acrylic on canvas,
48"x 38" (120 x 90 cm)