In 1985, Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat collaborated on a series of works, their joint creative output the subject of an exhibition in New York presented by Tony Shafrazi Gallery and Bruno Bischofberger. This poster advertising the show features the two legendary artists wearing boxing gloves, the portrait taken by Michael Halsband.  

Warhol/Basquiat ©Michael Halsband

This poster was hanging at the Wu-Tang Martial Arts Club at 2nd Avenue and Houston, where the present owner was a member. The owner knew she was friends with Basquiat and shortly after the artist’s death, he gave her the work to keep.

My Friend Jean

The collection of original drawings, ephemera and furnishings presented here come from an artist and close friend of Jean-Michel Basquiat. The two met one night in December of 1979 in front of the infamous New York nightclub, Tier 3. She was immediately drawn to Jean’s bold, charismatic personality.

Jean-Michel Basquiat at the present owner's art opening at New Math Gallery, 1985. Photo from the East Village Report.

Listen as the owner of this special collection shares stories of her friendship with Jean-Michel Basquiat, the New York art scene, these works and more!

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