Andy Warhol - Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Thursday, November 15, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Lucio Amelio, Naples
    Galerie de France

  • Exhibited

    Tokyo, Mitsukoshi Ltd., Andy Warhol, January 8 - January 20, 1991
    Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Andy Warhol, August 27 - October 27, 1992
    Vienna, KunstHausWien, Andy Warhol, February 22 - May 30, 1993
    Athens, National Gallery, Andy Warhol, June 14 - August 10, 1993; Thessaloniki, August 27 - September 27, 1993
    Orlando, Orlando Museum of Art, Andy Warhol, October 9 - December 12, 1993
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Museum of Art, Andy Warhol, January 13 - March 13, 1994
    Taipei, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Andy Warhol 1928-1987, October 8 - November 20, 1994
    Lausanne, Fondation de l'Hermitage, Andy Warhol, May 25 - October 1, 1995
    Milan, Fondazione Antonio Mazzotta, Andy Warhol, October 22, 1995 - February 11, 1996
    Ludwigshafen, Germany, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Andy Warhol, September 15, 1996 - January 12, 1997
    Helsinki Kunsthalle, Andy Warhol, August 23 - November 16, 1997
    Warsaw, The National Museum, Andy Warhol, March 6 - May 3, 1998; The National Museum, Cracow, May 19 - July 12, 1998
    Kochi, The Museum of Art, Andy Warhol,February 6 - March 26, 2000; The Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo, April 1 - May 21, 2000; Daimaru Museum, Umeda-Osaka, May 24 - June 11, 2000; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, June 17 - July 30, 2000; Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art, August 5 - October 1, 2000; Nagoya City Art Museum, October 7 - December 17, 2000; Niigata City Art Museum, January 4 -February 12, 2001

  • Literature

    M. Bonuomo, Vesuvius by Warhol, Museo di Capodimente, Naples, 1985, p. 66 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    In the present lot Andy Warhol invokes both the impending disaster and natural beauty of the iconic Mount Vesuvius. Here he depicts the looming destruction that threatens Naples, an extraordinary and uniquely historical place, as his subject. “An eruption is an overwhelming image, an extraordinary happening and even a great piece of sculpture” (Andy Warhol in Vesuvius by Warhol, Naples, 1985, p. 35).

    Warhols’ preoccupation with death is precisely what made famous his renowned portraits of Marilyn, Elvis and Jackie, all of whom were made subjects of Warhol’s artwork in the wake of their own tragic demises. Like the aforementioned subjects, the infamous volcano itself has become an icon, but unlike them, Vesuvius, 1985, remains vibrantly active and very much still alive. But what separates Vesuvius, 1985, most clearly from Warhol’s other Disaster works, is its existence as a natural disaster, and not one of human error.

  • 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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painted serigraph
31 1/2 x 39 3/8 in. (80 x 100 cm)
Signed "Andy Warhol" lower right. This work is a unique trial proof from an edition of 250, plus 50 artist's proofs, 10 printers proofs, and 57 trial proofs.

$80,000 - 120,000 

Contemporary Art Day Sale

16 November 2012
New York