Andy Warhol - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Evening Sale Hong Kong Saturday, November 26, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Mr. Ross Friedmann, Miami
    Galerie 1900-2000, Paris
    Hilman Holland Gallery, Atlanta
    Jason McCoy Gallery, New York
    Anthony d’Offay Gallery, London
    Private Collection
    Phillips, New York, 16 May 2013, lot 12
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Jason McCoy Gallery, Andy Warhol: Self-Portraits, 30 January- 1 March 1990, n.p., no. 3 (illustrated)
    New York, Van de Weghe Fine Art, Andy Warhol: Self Portraits 1963-1986, 20 April - 27 May 2005

  • Literature

    G. Frei and N. Prinze, eds., The Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné of Painting and Sculpture 1964-1969, New York, vol. 2B, 2004, cat. no 1960, pp. 305, 312 (illustrated)
    Andy Warhol: Self Portrait 1963 - 1986, exh. cat., New York, 2005, pp. 50 - 51 (illustrated on the inside cover)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Andy Warhol’s instantly recognisable face—depicted in his own works or in photographs by others—is one that is undoubtedly a ubiquitous part of Contemporary artistic discourse. Turning to his self-portraits, the works allow us momentary proximity into the mystery behind the artist himself.

    The present lot, the 1967 Self-Portrait, is an early iteration of the artist’s self-portraits, and is from the artist’s second ever series of self-pictures. Warhol’s first commissioned self-portrait was in 1963, and to this mode he returned roughly every five years throughout his artistic career. His first self-portraits were deeply influenced by celebrity portraiture, and thus the earliest of these were silkscreens that heavily resembled rehearsed glamour-shots painted in a variety of colours. These works appeared alongside Warhol’s dazzling, newfound celebrity status, and often showed the young artist imitating his glamorous subjects both in posture and gesture.

    From the mid-1960s onwards, and in part due to his various encounters with actors and models, filmmaking became engrained in Warhol’s mode of production, and his works became much more nuanced and restrained. It was also likely that this extended time with filmstrips propelled the artist to turn to a more introspective, small scale, focusing on single images rather than multiple silkscreens. Using the aesthetics of a filmstrip, Warhol’s works from the mid-1960s onwards were much more candid, and experimented with monochromes, most prominently in violets and cadmium reds. Self-Portrait was executed at this moment of change, showing us an unadulterated, genuine shot of the artist in a brilliant, striking red.

    While much of his works can be explained by his interest in celebrity and consumerist culture, Warhol’s self-portraits are much more difficult to grasp. Though they present an intimate glimpse into the artist’s persona, they are deliberately self-effacing and vague. Self Portrait offers us Warhol’s slightly concealed boyish face, as if he is deliberately shying away from the camera. This image itself is perhaps one of the rarest of the artist—in stark contrast to the aloof, self-assured Warhol that is most commonly depicted, Self-Portrait captures an introverted and innocent version of the artist, the red cadmium an apt metaphor for perfect youth.

  • 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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signed and dated 'Andy Warhol 1967' on the overlap; further stamped with The Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board Inc., and numbered A109.025 on the overlap
acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen
20.3 x 20.3 cm. (7 7/8 x 7 7/8 in.)
Painted in 1967.

HK$3,000,000 - 5,000,000 

Sold for HK$3,680,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Evening Sale

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2016