This poster was created and distributed to advertise the Tony Shafrazi Gallery exhibition of collaborative works by street artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and Pop Art icon Andy Warhol. The edition size is unknown but is presumably very small. Only a few examples have ever come to auction.
This is the companion piece to the legendary, iconic, and famous exhibition poster of two of the greatest artists of the latter part of the 20th century standing side by side, perhaps the most poignant and enduring image of the 1980s New York City art scene. This example, the invitation poster, shows Warhol landing a punch on Basquiat's chin. The photograph is by Michael Halsband, who also took the picture for the exhibition poster.
The exhibition included the collaborative paintings that Warhol and Basquiat worked on from 1984–1985. These works were the culmination of their friendship, one which began in the late '70s. Eventually, the two began to work on the paintings that would constitute the bulk of this exhibition. Warhol was intrigued by Basquiat’s rebellious personality, in terms of both the law and his artwork, and is said to have been inspired by the younger artist to return to working on canvas as he had during the early stages of his career. Andy Warhol certainly gave credit where credit was due: "Jean-Michel got me into painting differently, and that's a good thing."