Ligne Blanche Basquiat Plate, "6.99"
Designed by Ligne Blanche, this Limoges porcelain plate features the 1985 collaboration between Basquiat and Andy Warhol, "6.99".
Warhol and Basquiat were introduced to each other in the 1980s by art deal Bruno Bischofberger. Warhol was wary of Basquiat at first, saying of the young artist, “He’s just one of those kids who drives me crazy…Bruno [Bischofberger] discovered him and now he’s on Easy Street… 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.”
Warhol and Basquiat's relationship was symbiotic; Basquiat used Warhol's fame for exposure, and Warhol used Basquiat's new blood to renew his rebellious image after his career peaked. Their collaborations took the form of an artistic game of Telephone; Warhol began a painting with a Pop image typical of his style, which Basquiat would then use as a canvas for his own creation.
"6.99" was created in 1985, during the latter half of the artists' collaboration. Basquiat and Warhol continued to work together until Warhol's death in 1987.