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  • Provenance

    The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., New York
    Private Collection

  • Catalogue Essay


    “ I never fall apart, because I never fall together.” - ANDY WARHOL

    Andy Warhol is with little doubt, the most infuential and recognizable artist of the 20th century. The shadow which he cast upon the contemporary art world in New York, and by association, the rest of the world is nearly impossible to escape for any artist working today. The 1980’s saw a renewed burst of creative energy from the maestro as he collaborated with and responded to his younger contemporaries taking advantage of the “bull” market for art at the time. Warhol superbly demonstrates his ability to create work that perfectly encapsulates typical American consumer driven malaise, here doing so with this straightforward text painting, Stress!, from 1985. Continuing a
    tradition of text based paintings which he began early on in his career, Stress!, 1985, utilizes a very particular iconicity with its truncated text and aggressive positive/negative dynamic, not to mention the aggressiveness of the exclamation. Pulling references from newspapers and other mass produced periodicals, Warhol translated what was clearly a type of advertisement into an easily recognizable work all his own. The coming market crash of ’87 and the rapid deterioration of the buoyant mood in America and abroad would prove to be a literal manifestation of Warhol’s painting and it wouldn’t be until the mid-90’s when America would finally find its cure.

  • 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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Stress! (Negative)

circa 1985-86
synthetic polymer and silkscreen ink on canvas
16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm.)
Stamped with the Estate of Andy Warhol and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. and numbered "PA10.182" along the overlap.

Estimate
$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for $137,000

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Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York 12 November 2013 11AM