Art critic Carlo McCormick and collector Larry Warsh share stories about the community of creatives that formed close friendships in 1980s New York City and the influence this had on the work of both Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Larry Warsh has been active in the art world for more than thirty years as a publisher and artist-collaborator. An early collector of Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Warsh was a member of the Basquiat Authentication Committee from its establishment in 1984 until its dissolution in 2012. Warsh was a lead organiser for the exhibition Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks, which debuted at the Brooklyn Museum, New York, in 2015, and later travelled to several American museums. He has loaned artworks by Haring and Basquiat from his collection to numerous exhibitions worldwide, and he served as a curatorial consultant on Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines for the NGV. The founder of Museums Magazines, Warsh has been involved in many publishing projects, including original monographs on the work of Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Ai Weiwei. He is the editor of Basquiat-isms (2019) and Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Notebooks (2015).
Carlo McCormick is a critic and curator based in New York City. His work has been published in numerous magazines, including Art in America, Art News and Artforum, and from 1984 to 2016 he wrote for Paper Magazine where he was Senior Editor. He lectures extensively at universities, art schools and museums, frequently appears in documentaries and has taught at the San Francisco Art Institute and Yale University. Carlo has curated exhibitions for institutions including The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Contemporary Austin, Exit Art, Experience Music Project, The International Center of Photography, PS1, Queens Museum, Red Bull Arts and the Warhol Museum.