Dos Cabezas

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Dos Cabezas
Jean-michel basquiat dos cabezas.jpg
ArtistJean-Michel Basquiat
Year1982
MovementNeo-expressionism
Dimensions151.8 cm × 154 cm (59.75 in × 60.5 in)

Dos Cabezas is a painting created by American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat in 1982. The double portrait resulted from Basquiat's first formal meeting with his idol, American pop artist Andy Warhol.

History[edit]

Basquiat first met Andy Warhol when he sold him a postcard in 1979.[1] Later, when Basquiat was selling painted sweatshirts, he went to the Factory and Warhol purchased some. "I just wanted to meet him, he was an art hero of mine," Basquiat recalled.[2] Bruno Bischofberger became Basquiat's art dealer and organized a one-man show in his Zurich gallery in September 1982.[3] Bischofberger, who also represented Warhol, arranged a lunch meeting between the two artists on October 4, 1982.[4] Warhol documented the meeting in a diary entry, which was posthumously published in The Andy Warhol Diaries (1989):

Down to meet Bruno Bischofberger (cab $7.50). He brought Jean-Michel Basquiat with him. He's the kid who used the name "Samo" when he used to sit on the sidewalk in Greenwich Village and paint T-shirts, and I'd give him $10 here and there…He was just one of those kids who drove me crazy. He's black but some people say he's Puerto Rican so I don't know. And then Bruno discovered him and now he’s on Easy Street. He's got a great loft on Christie Street. He was a middle-class Brooklyn kid—I mean, he went to college and things—and he was trying to be like that, painting in the Greenwich Village. And so had lunch for them and then I took a Polaroid and he went home and within two hours a painting was back, still wet, of him and me together. And I mean, just getting to Christie Street must have taken an hour. He told me his assistant painted it.[5]

Dos Cabezas, meaning "two heads" in Spanish, is based on the self-portrait Warhol took with Basquiat.[6] The artwork ignited a close friendship between them which led to a collaboration on numerous paintings.[6] Warhol used a Polaroid he took of Basquiat to create the silkscreen portrait Jean-Michel Basquiat (1982) using his piss painting technique.[7] Although Basquiat and Warhol created several portraits of each other in the following years, Dos Cabezas is their only joint portrait. It sold for $7 million at Christie's post-war and contemporary evening sale in November 2010.[8]

Exhibitions[edit]

Dos Cabezas has been exhibited at the following art institutions:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brumfitt, Stuart (September 19, 2017). "New York Inspiration | Tales from Teen Basquiat's Best Friend". Amuse. Retrieved 2020-10-04.
  2. ^ The New York Times Guide to the Arts of the 20th Century: 1900-1929. Taylor & Francis. 2002. p. 2547. ISBN 978-1-57958-290-6.
  3. ^ Hoban, Phoebe (1998). Basquiat: A Quick Killing in Art. Internet Archive. New York : Viking. p. 134. ISBN 978-0-670-85477-6.
  4. ^ Faughnan, Ally (May 28, 2019). "The best, worst, and weirdest parts of Warhol and Basquiat's friendship". Dazed. Retrieved 2020-10-04.
  5. ^ Warhol, Andy; Hackett, Pat (1989). The Andy Warhol diaries. The Archive of Contemporary Music. New York, NY : Warner Books. p. 462. ISBN 978-0-446-51426-2.
  6. ^ a b "Warhol and Basquiat". Phillips. July 13, 2020. Retrieved 2020-10-04.
  7. ^ McGreevy, Nora (October 6, 2021). "Why Andy Warhol Peed on This Portrait of Jean-Michel Basquiat". Smithsonian Magazine. Archived from the original on 2021-10-06. Retrieved 2021-10-07.
  8. ^ Vogel, Carol (November 10, 2010). "Lichtenstein Tops Warhol in Auction at Christie's". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-10-03.
  9. ^ a b "Jean-Michel Basquiat, Dos Cabezas". Christie's. Retrieved 2020-10-04.
  10. ^ "Boom for Real: Basquiat comes to London". Christie's. October 1, 2017. Retrieved 2020-10-03.
  11. ^ Wolf, Michael (April 12, 2019). "Warhol at the Whitney, Basquiat at the Brant and Their Collaboration". Archived from the original on 2019-04-16. Retrieved 2021-04-05.