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  • Provenance

    Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills; Gagosian Gallery, New York

  • Literature

    (ii) C. Stuckey, Andy Warhol Heaven and Hell Are Just One Breath Away! Late Paintings and Related Works, 1984 - 1986, New York, 1992, p. 65 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay


    To counter ... self doubt, starting in the late 1970s Warhol undertook project after project, culminating in a large uncommisioned group of black-and-white paintings and drawings in his trademark “plagiarist” fashion; that is, based directly on newspaper advertisements, street leaflets, and ordinary book illustrations. These works constitute the present volume… like all of Warhol’s art, these lots pictures take visual cues from the ubiquitous Western media at the service of consumerism and publicity, while also addressing more personal and ultimate concern: the power of the mind for spiritual salvation, the capacity for the body to be improved, and military geopolitics. With reconsideration of the last years of Warhol’s career, when critics pressured the artist to revitalize what they considered to be a career that had lapsed after he became the victim of a newly-successful murder attempt in 1968, the rich implications of this black-and-white series newly provides material for a much needed last chapter to the Warhol story. (C. Stuckey, Heaven and Hell are Just One Breath Away, Andy Warhol, New York, 1992, p. 10)

  • Artist Biography

    Andy Warhol

    American • 1928 - 1987

    Andy Warhol was the leading exponent of the Pop Art movement in the U.S. in the 1960s. Following an early career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol achieved fame with his revolutionary series of silkscreened prints and paintings of familiar objects, such as Campbell's soup tins, and celebrities, such as Marilyn Monroe. Obsessed with popular culture, celebrity and advertising, Warhol created his slick, seemingly mass-produced images of everyday subject matter from his famed Factory studio in New York City. His use of mechanical methods of reproduction, notably the commercial technique of silk screening, wholly revolutionized art-making.

    Working as an artist, but also director and producer, Warhol produced a number of avant-garde films in addition to managing the experimental rock band The Velvet Underground and founding Interview magazine. A central figure in the New York art scene until his untimely death in 1987, Warhol was notably also a mentor to such artists as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

     

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Two works: Mineola Motorcycle and Mineola Motorcycle (Negative)

1985 - 1986

Silkscreen inks and synthetic polymer paint on canvas.

16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm) each.
(i) Stamped with the Estate and Foundation seals and numbered “PA10.127” on the overlap; (ii) stamped with the Estate and Foundation seals and numbered “PA10.119” on the overlap.

Estimate
$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for $218,500

Contemporary Art Part II

13 Nov 2009
New York