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Created Thursday, 29 March 2007 09:17

Factory Work is an exploration into the collaborations between Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Jamie Wyeth during the late 70s and early 80s.  Warhol was already known as a master/genius/celebrity, and Basquiat and Wyeth were also established artists when Warhol invited them to his Factory and they subsequently began working together. The partnerships and collaborative efforts changed all three and affected each of their respective careers.

Basquiat, the son of Puerto Rican and Haitian parents, was known as the person who brought street art and graffiti to the galleries.  His work is known for its confrontational nature and its nervous, fierce energy.  It has been said that Basquiat was more interested in learning about how to become a celebrity from Warhol, than about art.

Wyeth, was born into the art world, as the son of Andrew Wyeth, the realist painter, and grandson of N.C. Wyeth, the illustrator.  Although coming from different schools of thought regarding art, Warhol and Wyeth proved to be good friends, and positively affected each other’s work.  They frequently did portraits of each other, and often painted the same object, each in his own style, and discussed the results.

Factory Work examines these relationships through 75 paintings, drawings, photographs, and odds and ends collected from this time period—the time period when artists became superstars and celebrities.  The exhibition is ending April, 8, so those interested should hurry down.

The McNay is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM, and on Thursdays from 10:00 AM until 9:00PM.  Saturday 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM, and Sundays from Noon until 5:00 PM.  Admission is free, but a $5 donation is suggested for adults.

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