Andy Warhol - Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Friday, May 17, 2013 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    B.S. Holland, Chicago
    Galerie 1900-2000, Paris
    Galerie Beaubourg, Paris
    Gabrielle Bryers, New York
    Private Collection

  • Exhibited

    Tokyo, Galerie Nichido, Leo Castelli's Artists, February 9 - February 19, 1990, then traveled to Nagoya, Galerie Nichido (February 26 - March 5, 1990)

  • Literature

    Galerie Nichido, Leo Castelli's Artists, exh. cat., Tokyo, 1990, no. 1 (illustrated)
    G. Frei and N. Printz, The Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné Vol. 1: Paintings and Sculpture 1961-1963, Phaidon, 2002, cat. no. 182, p. 157 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Open this End, 1962, stands alone on the cusp of Andy Warhol's transition from commentator to iconographer. The year 1962 brought a deluge of national attention for the artist, namely for his portrayal of Marilyn Monroe shortly after her death. His work was premiering in two pivotal exhibitions: at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles and at Stable Gallery in New York City. But while many were enraptured with the image of the late star, it was the other works in Warhol's oeuvre that most carefully outlined his Pop Project. Warhol was at the center of the most controversial moment in art history, and the present lot only fanned the flames further.

    As an embodiment of Warhol's commentary on consumer culture, Open This End, 1962 is ripe for discussion not only for its Duchampian origins, but also for its fabulous sexual suggestiveness, which Warhol would explore further later in his career. Recalling the iconicity of his Campbell's Soup Cans, the severe medium of the present lot stands starkly in the center of the canvas, as though radiating a heat--perhaps hot to the touch. Fate played an important role in Warhol’s artistic process, as we observe the smudges, smears, and unintentional marks that came to be the ubiquitous signs of an authentic Warhol silkscreen. Warhol takes a common phrase, found on canned goods and other marvelously mundane groceries, and elevates it, ultimately granting the brief instruction a life of its own. But we can also see Warhol's wry sense of humor working its mischievous magic, inviting us to question his good intentions. Warhol never provides us with any answers--only paintings.

  • 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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Open This End

silkscreen ink on linen
16 x 13 in. (40.6 x 33 cm.)
Signed and dated "Andy Warhol 1962" on the reverse.

$300,000 - 500,000 

Sold for $989,000

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Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York 17 May 2013 10am