Collaboration Lesson 3: Artist Examples

Andy Warhol’s Artistic Practice of Collaboration 
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Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Collaboration (Dollar Sign, Don’t Tread on Me), 1984-1985, ©AWF

Students discuss and analyze the multidisciplinary collaborations that Warhol had with writers, scientists, engineers and artists. Students investigate the creative process of contemporary artists working collaboratively.

Suggested Time Frame:

Collaboration PowerPoint: 15 minutes
Class discussion: 5-10 minutes
In-Class assignment: 15-20 minutes
Group presentations: 20 minutes

Total time: 1-1½ class periods  

Objectives: 

  • Students discuss and understand the interdisciplinary nature of Andy Warhol’s collaborations with writers, engineers, musicians and artists
  • Students analyze Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s collaborative process
  • In small groups, students read and discuss the context of Warhol’s collaborations with Pat Hackett, Billy Kluver, The Velvet Underground and Jean-Michel Basquiat
  • Students draw conclusions about what makes a successful artistic collaboration
 
Procedure
Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Collaboration (Crab), 1984-1985, ©AWF
Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Collaboration (Crab), 1984-1985, ©AWF

Materials:

Collaboration PowerPoint Laptop/computerDigital projector
Handout: Warhol & Basquiat Pencils & MarkerChalkboard or large piece of paper
Activity/Homework Handout 
Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ten Punching Bags (Last Supper), detail, 1985-1986, ©AWF
Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ten Punching Bags (Last Supper), detail, 1985-1986, ©AWF

Collaboration Presentation

  1. Present and Discuss PowerPoint: Andy Warhol’s Collaborations.
  2. Discuss the following questions:
  3. - Why was it important for Warhol to collaborate with a variety of people?
    - Why was his studio both his “work space” and “play space”?
    - How did social interaction help Warhol’s artwork?

  4. Read the Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat Handout and answer the comprehension questions at the end of the handout.
  5. Photocopy and distribute the following quote about the working relationship between Warhol and Basquiat:
  6.  

     

    For an artist, the most important and most delicate relationship he can have with another artist is one in which he is constantly challenged and intimidated. This is probably the only productive product of jealousy. The greatest pleasure is to be provoked to the point of inspiration … Jean-Michel and Andy had achieved a healthy balance. Each one inspired the other to out do the next. The collaborations were seemingly effortless …

    Keith Haring (1988) on the successful collaborative working relationship between Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat  

     

  7. Discuss the class’s collaborative practices:
  8. - Do you agree that being “challenged and intimidated” during collaboration is important? Why or why not?
    - Did each student inspire the other to “out do the next”?
    - Why do you think Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat worked this way?

 
POPism: The Warhol Sixties (cover), by Andy Warhol and Pat Hackett, 1990
POPism: The Warhol Sixties (cover), by Andy Warhol and Pat Hackett, 1990

Activity or Homework

  1. Print out and make copies of the Activity/Homework Handout for students.
  2. Break students into small groups and have them choose one of the following collaborations to read about:
  3. - Andy Warhol & Pat Hackett: Literary Collaboration
    - Andy Warhol & Billy Klüver: Art and Science Collaboration
    - The Velvet Underground: Music, Film, Performance Collaboration

  4. Have students answer the comprehension questions at the end of the handouts.
 
Assessment

Warhol Education Rubrics

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Critical Thinking
Communication
Creative Process
Historical Context
Media and Related Items
Presentation
Collaboration PowerPoint
Collaboration PowerPoint