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87

Superman, from Myths

1981
S. 38 x 38 in. (96.5 x 96.5 cm)
Screenprint in colors with diamond dust, on Lenox Museum Board, the full sheet.
Signed and numbered 37/200 in pencil (there were also 30 artist's proofs), published by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Inc., New York (with their inkstamp on the reverse), framed.

Estimate
$150,000 - 200,000 

sold for $218,750

Contact Specialist
Kelly Troester
Worldwide Co-Head of Editions, Modern
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Cary Leibowitz
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General Enquiries
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  • Literature

    Frayda Feldman and Jörg Schellmann 260

  • Catalogue Essay

    Superman, German Übermensch, in philosophy, the superior man, who justifies the existence of the human race. “Superman” is a term significantly used by Friedrich Nietzsche, particularly in Also sprach Zarathustra (1883–85), although it had been employed by J.W. von Goethe and others. This superior man would not be a product of long evolution; rather, he would emerge when any man with superior potential completely masters himself and strikes off conventional Christian “herd morality” to create his own values, which are completely rooted in life on this earth. Nietzsche was not forecasting the brutal superman of the German Nazis, for his goal was a “Caesar with Christ’s soul.” George Bernard Shaw popularized the term “superman” in his play Man and Superman (1903).

  • Artist Bio

    Andy Warhol

    American • 1928 - 1987

    A seminal figure in the Pop Art movement of the early 1960s, Andy Warhol's paintings and screenprints are iconic beyond the scope of Art History, having become universal signifiers of an age. An early career in commercial illustration led to Warhol's appropriation of imagery from American popular culture and insistent concern with the superficial wonder of permanent commodification that yielded a synthesis of word and image, of art and the everyday.

    Warhol's obsession with creating slick, seemingly mass-produced artworks led him towards the commercial technique of screenprinting, which allowed him to produce large editions of his painted subjects. The clean, mechanical surface and perfect registration of the screenprinting process afforded Warhol a revolutionary absence of authorship that was crucial to the Pop Art manifesto.

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87

Superman, from Myths

1981
S. 38 x 38 in. (96.5 x 96.5 cm)
Screenprint in colors with diamond dust, on Lenox Museum Board, the full sheet.
Signed and numbered 37/200 in pencil (there were also 30 artist's proofs), published by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Inc., New York (with their inkstamp on the reverse), framed.

Estimate
$150,000 - 200,000 

sold for $218,750

Contact Specialist
Kelly Troester
Worldwide Co-Head of Editions, Modern
+1 212 940 1221

Cary Leibowitz
Worldwide Co-Head of Editions, Contemporary
+1 212 940 1222

Jannah Greenblatt
Specialist
+1 212 940 1332

General Enquiries
+1 212 940 1220

Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 17 October 2017

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