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A collage painting on a canvas with many colors, with many small various screenprints on it and a large painting of dentures in black paint.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Dentures/Keep Frozen, 1985, © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Warhol and Basquiat In Focus: Works from the Permanent Collection

June 7–September 20, 2021
In a large reinstallation of the museum’s fourth-floor gallery, Warhol and Basquiat In Focus: Works from the Permanent Collection presents for the first time the museum’s near-entire holdings of artworks and ephemera related to Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988), the groundbreaking young painter who became a close friend and collaborator to Warhol in the 1980s. This presentation features photographs, paintings, sculptures, and archival material left behind in Warhol’s studio after his death in 1987, chronicling the short but vibrant friendship and working relationship the artists shared from 1982 to 1986.

The installation showcases the mutual trust, shared inspirations, and political concerns of Warhol and Basquiat’s collaborative works in the 1980s. The display includes Ten Punching Bags (The Last Supper), a monumental sculpture that probes issues of Catholic guilt and the impact of the AIDS epidemic. Untitled Collaboration Sculpture, created with Italian painter Francisco Clemente, references the murder of artist Michael Stewart, police brutality, and America’s history of racial injustice. Also featured are Warhol and Basquiat’s collaborative paintings, which debuted to mixed reviews but reveal the balance they achieved between their disparate styles: Warhol’s advertisement logos and Basquiat’s neo-expressionist strokes and original mark-making. Through this new interpretation of their shared work, the installation reveals that it was, in the end, Basquiat, a young protégée, who gave Warhol’s late career a rebirth.

“This presentation of works, left behind in Warhol’s studio after his death, chronicles the short but meaningful friendship and working relationship that he and Basquiat shared. Through new research, I want to offer visitors a politically engaged understanding of their work together. And to demonstrate that it was Basquiat, a young protégée, who gave Warhol’s late career a rebirth. It was Basquiat, who taught Warhol to paint again,” said Jessica Beck, Milton Fine curator of art.

The installation also speaks to an era of socio-political upheaval and loss in the 1980s, as a dynamic arts community grappled with the early days of the AIDS crisis and unchecked police violence. Forty years later these themes still resonate, mirroring the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and renewed calls for racial justice in the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Antwon Rose and so many other Black Americans.

Warhol and Basquiat In Focus: Works from the Permanent Collection is curated by Jessica Beck, Milton Fine curator of art.

Digital Talks

Curator’s Insights: Jessica Beck and Franklin Sirmans on Andy Warhol and Jean Michel-Basquiat

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
7 p.m. EDT
On the occasion of the upcoming rotation Warhol and Basquiat in Focus: Works from the Permanent Collection, Jessica Beck, Milton Fine curator of art, interviews, Franklin Sirmans, director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami about his longstanding interest, scholarship and curatorial work on Jean Michel-Basquiat. Beck and Sirmans discuss Basquiat’s legacy, the market frenzy around his work, his collaborations with Warhol, and the great influence that Basquiat had over Warhol’s late painting career. The conversation also covers a close look at objects from the rotation with discussion of Warhol and Basquiat’s collaborative work Ten Punching Bags (Last Supper), 1985-1986, and the connections to the death of Michael Stewart and Basquiat’s Defacement (The Death of Michael Stewart), 1983.
Free; Visit warhol.org

Curator’s Insights: Jessica Beck and Michael Hermann on Andy Warhol and Jean Michel-Basquiat

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
2 p.m. EDT
On the occasion of the upcoming rotation Warhol and Basquiat in Focus: Works from the Permanent Collection, Jessica Beck, Milton Fine curator of art, interviews Michael Hermann about his 2019 book Warhol on Basquiat: The Iconic Relationship Told in Andy Warhol’s Words and Pictures. Beck and Hermann discuss the research and planning that went into production of his publication, sharing the discoveries that came from research in the archives at The Andy Warhol Museum, pouring over Warhol’s contact sheets from Warhol’s late-career and cross-referencing the entries in his Diaries published in 1989. In their conversation, Beck and Hermann also take a close look at Warhol and Basquiat’s collaborative work Ten Punching Bags (Last Supper), 1985-1986, the connections to the death of Michael Stewart and Basquiat’s Defacement (The Death of Michael Stewart), 1983 and the production of Warhol’s oxidation portrait of Basquiat in 1982.
Free; Visit warhol.org

A Taste of Grace

Through November 29, 2021
Grace Jones is a groundbreaking musician, model, actress and performer. Born in Jamaica in 1948, (or 1951, according to Jones), she began modeling in the early 1970s and released her first album that same decade. By the 1980s Jones had become an in-demand vocalist and Hollywood actress. Jones was a fearless multidisciplinary entertainer who relished attention—unapologetically androgynous, theatrical and inventive. Andy Warhol and Jones met in the mid-1970s, drawn together by mutual friends and shared interests. While no one remembers the specific circumstances of their first meeting, Jones recalls in her memoir: “One minute you don’t know him, and then you do.” The two remained lifelong friends. This installation highlights Jones as a cultural sensation, showcasing her career from the 1970s through the 1980s. The gallery includes portraits by Warhol, over 30 photographs and dozens of archival items related to Jones and the formative years of her career. Jones continues to perform and remains an active provocateur and inspiration.

A Taste of Grace is curated by José Carlos Diaz, chief curator.

Tally Brown

Through October 4, 2021
Tally Brown was a magnetic and flamboyant performer, a classically trained vocalist and actress who became a Warhol Superstar. On her first visit to Warhol’s Silver Factory, she fell asleep on the artist’s famous curvy couch during the filming of Batman Dracula (1964) and awoke to find the camera pointed at her. Warhol was an avid collector of people as well as objects; he gravitated towards unique and unusual talents, not just traditional beauties. He dubbed these charismatic characters “Superstars”—a nod to the Hollywood studio system—and featured them prominently in his films. Brown’s talent and powerful stage presence made her a natural fit for Warhol’s circle, and she went on to appear in several of his movies.

Born in Brooklyn, Brown trained as an operatic singer before gravitating towards jazz and life as a cabaret singer and an actress in musical theater. While she only released one album, A Torch for Tally (1958), she is remembered for her haunting live performances and lifelong commitment to civil rights.

Tally Brown is organized by Geralyn Huxley, former curator of film and video.


The Warhol receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; and The Heinz Endowments. Further support is provided by the Allegheny Regional Asset District.

The Andy Warhol Museum

Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the place of Andy Warhol’s birth, The Andy Warhol Museum holds the largest collection of Warhol’s artworks and archival materials and is one of the most comprehensive single-artist museums in the world. The Warhol is one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Established in 1895 by Andrew Carnegie, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. The museums reach more than 1.4 million people a year through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities, and special events.

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Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Dentures/Keep Frozen, 1985, © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat

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A collage painting on a canvas with many colors, with many small various screenprints on it and a large painting of dentures in black paint.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Dentures/Keep Frozen, 1985, © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat

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Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, ca. 1982, © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

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A screenprint of Jean-Michel Basquiat in black on a canvas that has oxidation on it.

Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, ca. 1982, © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

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Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Collaboration (Dollar Sign, Don't Tread on Me), 1984-1985, © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat

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A yellow screenprint of a dollar sign is on a purple canvas. A black rectangle that says, "Don't Tread on Me" in white paint, is painted on top of the dollar sign.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Collaboration (Dollar Sign, Don't Tread on Me), 1984-1985, © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat

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Andy Warhol, Collaboration, ca. 1984, © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

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A 3-D mixed media artwork that contains a canvas and other small artworks of various sizes and colors.

Andy Warhol, Collaboration, ca. 1984, © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

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Andy Warhol, Grace Jones, 1986, © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

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A screenprint of Grace Jones on a pink background.

Andy Warhol, Grace Jones, 1986, © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

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Unknown, Tally Brown, 1950s, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Gift of Timothy and Karin Greenfield-Sanders

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Black and white photograph of a person with dark hair and wearing a dark dress and earrings. Their eyes are closed and they are looking off to the left of the frame.

Unknown, Tally Brown, 1950s, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Gift of Timothy and Karin Greenfield-Sanders