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  • Provenance

    Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., New York; Private collection, Los Angeles; Karl Hutter Fine Art, Beverly Hills

  • Exhibited

    New York, Gagosian Gallery, Andy Warhol: B & W Paintings: Ads and Illustrations 1985 - 86, March 2 - March 30, 2002

  • Literature

    C. Stuckey, Andy Warhol Heaven and Hell Are Just One Breath Away! Late Paintings and Related Works, 1984 - 1986, New York, 1992, p. 68 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot, produced near the end of Andy Warhol’s prolific career, was highly influenced by his friendship and working relationship with Jean-Michael Basquiat. It was while working with Basquiat that Warhol developed his own graffiti-art look, and extended his 1979 Reversals methodology by reversing black and white areas when transferring images onto canvas. His advertising images are also tributes to the careers of Keith Haring and Claes Oldenburg, which embraced both Pop art and graffiti.
    The significance of Warhol’s late black-and-white works based on advertising images and lettering is perhaps most apparent in these mural-scale hybrids of the sacred and the profane: the black-and-white images are Warhol’s final subversive lexicon of street art images awaiting transposition into art gallery and museum contexts where they will expand post-Pop, postmodern taste. (C. Stuckey, “Heaven and Hell Are Just One Breath Away!” in Andy Warhol: Heaven and Hell Are Just One Breath Away! Late Paintings and Related Works, 1984-1986, Gagosian Gallery, New York, Rizzoli, 1992, p. 31)

  • Artist Biography

    Andy Warhol

    American • 1928 - 1987

    Known as the “King of Pop,” Andy Warhol was the leading face of the Pop Art movement in the United States 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 like Campbell's soup tins, and celebrities like 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 a mentor to such artists as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

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Somebody Wants to Buy your Apartment Building! (Negative)

Silkscreen inks on synthetic polymer paint on canvas.
16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm).

Stamped with the Estate and Foundation seals and numbered “PA10.118” on the overlap.

$90,000 - 120,000 

Contemporary Art Part II

13 Nov 2009
New York