Everybody (or almost everyone) has heard of Andy Warhol, but not all students will be familiar with Jean-Michel Basquiat, a New York artist whose lively and colourful paintings are on display in Paris, either paired with music or in a display of works produced with Warhol. These two exhibitions are not only windows into his world – jazz and blues music, the 1980s, collaboration with Warhol – but they also offer a glimpse of African American culture that he depicts and comments on through his works.
This sequence on his life, work and the exhibitions can be studied with A2+/ B1 students and / or as part of Shine Bright 3e File 6 Move on up or Shine Bright 1e File 8 African-American Art.
Vocabulary and structures
- describing paintings: lively, colourful, broken characters…
- giving an opinion on a piece of art: disruptive, unusual, eye-opening…
- talking about feelings: shocked, surprised, amazed, mesmerized…
- hypotheses /modals: may, must, be bound to / be likely to
- writing an email
- carrying out an interview
Basquiat x Warhol à quatre mains
Fondation Louis Vuitton till 28 August 2023
Philharmonie de Paris till 30 July 2023
Vue d'installation de l'exposition "Basquiat × Warhol, à quatre
mains", du 05 avril au 28 août 2023 à la Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris.
© Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat Licensed by Artestar, New York, 2023
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by ADAGP, Paris, 2023
Download resources :
> Exhibitions: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Music and Warhol
> Basquiat by Vuitton
> Keith Haring: Fast Art