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  • Provenance

    Gagosian Gallery, New York; Private collection, New York

  • Exhibited

    New York, Gagosian Gallery, Andy Warhol Camouflage, November 7, 1998 – January 9, 1999

  • Literature

    B. Colacello and B. Richardson, Andy Warhol Camouflage, New York, 1999, plate no. 29, p. 73 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Warhol conceived of the Camouflages as abstract paintings. But at some point in the course of producing the canvases, he decided to put his painted Camouflage to its functional purpose. Camouflage, whether in nature or the military, is designed to deceive—to mask, disguise, or even transmute the identity of whatever it covers. Deceit and illusion in the animal kingdom are survival strategies: successful camouflage is an integral component of Darwinism and natural selection. The survivor is a product of clever deception: well-camouflaged, we deceive, live, and multiply. Warhol explored the somewhat disturbing psychosocial implications of this fact of nature by recreating some of his existing painted subjects in Camouflage” (B. Richardson, Andy Warhol Camouflage, New York, 1998, p. 22).

  • 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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Camouflage

1986
Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on canvas.
40 1/8 x 40 1/8 in. (101.9 x 101.9 cm).
Stamped with Estate and Foundation seals and numbered “PA 85.072” on the reverse.

Estimate
$500,000 - 700,000 

Sold for $712,000

Contemporary Art Part I

17 May 2007
7pm New York