Andy Warhol x Jean-Michel Basquiat (New Flame) 400% & 100% Bearbrick set
Medicom Toy’s impressive collection of artist collaborations includes work from some of the 20th century’s foremost artists. The number of figures representing Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat increased, eventually including their collaborative paintings. The painting New Flame serves as their collaborative BE@RBRICK debut, as seen in the figure “BE@RBRICK Andy Warhol × Jean-Michel Basquiat Vol. 1 100% & 400% Set.”
Andy Warhol x Jean-Michel Basquiat and BE@RBRICK Collaboration Background
Medicom Toy began collaborations with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat separately. Reproduction of works from their collaboration involves approval from both legal parties.
Collaboration Planning and Launch
The first BE@BRICK and Andy Warhol collaboration began in 2014 with a commemorative fourth design in 2016. These figures included representations of the artist himself, not his artwork. BE@RBRICK’s collaboration with the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat began in 2017 with a replica of his art. The Warhol collaboration would not introduce any of the artist’s paintings to BE@RBRICK figures until 2019. New Flame is the first of the Warhol and Basquait collaborations to find representation in the BE@RBRICK line.
BE@RBRICK Andy Warhol × Jean-Michel Basquiat Vol. 1 100% & 400% Set
This figure set gives art fans two unique canvases to display the work of two influential figures in modern art. Both BE@RBRICKs show imagery from the painting New Flame by Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Given the painting’s horizontal composition, distinct sections have been reproduced on the figures in a pattern-like format. The larger bear features the abstract torch and stark black background on the left half of the painting. The torso shows the right side of the painting, with the collection of three coin heads. Both sections display all three instances of “New Flame” written on the painting, now alternated with images in a vertical style.
The smaller bear appears more abstract as the painting scale is larger than that on the 400% figure. Both figures feature the artists’ signatures on the back, Warhol’s accompanied by his portrait and Basquiat’s by his iconic crown.
- Product Name: BE@RBRICK Andy Warhol × Jean-Michel Basquiat Vol. 1 100% & 400% Set
- Manufacturer: Medicom Toy
- Specifications: Set of 2 painted, articulated, non-scale figures with water transfer printing
- Set Contents:
100%: 70mm | 2.8″
400%: 280mm | 11″