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  • Provenance

    Galerie Notizie, Turin
    Private Collection, Turin
    Private Collection, Turin
    Sotheby's, London, 1 July 2015, lot 2
    Acquired by the present owner at the above sale

  • Catalogue Essay

    ‘I always notice flowers’ – Andy Warhol

    The lead up to his inaugural show at Leo Castelli gallery in 1964 triggered an important shift in Andy Warhol’s artistic practice. Inspired by a photograph in the June 1964 issue of Modern Photography of seven hibiscus blossoms captured by the magazine’s executive editor, Patricia Caulfield, cropped, rotated and adapted for screen printing, Warhol began what would become one of his most iconic bodies of work. Rendered in vibrant, luscious pink and cool, electric blue, the flowers in the present works are sublime examples of his Flowers from 1964, superimposed against a stark, sombre black and white ground. In a notable iconographic deviation from his Death and Disaster series that debuted at Galerie Ileana Sonnabend earlier that same year, the Flowers represent a more mainstream, abstracted aesthetic that represent the epitome of his Pop aesthetic in their artificial, synthetic flatness and ordered compositional arrangement. Pared back to only their bold, essential elements, they recall the imagery prevalent in cartoons and advertising that was so influential in Warhol’s artistic vocabulary.

  • 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: i-ii) Flowers

each signed and dated 'Andy Warhol 64' and stamped by the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board, Inc. and numbered 'A102, 0510' and 'A101, 0510' respectively on the overlap
acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas
each 36 x 36 cm (14 1/8 x 14 1/8 in.)
Executed in 1964.

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