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  • Literature

    Frayda Feldman and Jörg Schellmann 318

  • Catalogue Essay

    Venus, born from sea foam and poised on a cockle shell was Sandro Boticelli’s ideal woman and based on Simonetta Cattaneo de Vespucci, both wife and mistress to many wealthy merchants and bankers of Florence
    in the 15th century.  Although Boticelli never met Simonetta it is rumored that he became obsessed with her, depicting her ideal figure in many of his paintings years after she passed away at the age of twenty-two.

  • 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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Details of Renaissance Paintings (Sandro Botticelli, Birth of Venus, 1482)

1984
Screenprint in colors, on Arches Aquarelle paper, with full margins,
I. 27 x 40 in. (68.6 x 101.6 cm);
S. 32 x 44 in. (81.3 x 111.8 cm)

signed and numbered 52/70 in pencil (there were also 18 artist's proofs), published by Editions Schellmann & Klüser, Munich and New York (with their and the Andy Warhol Copyright inkstamp on the reverse), a very slight abrasion at right side of chin (with associated very minor ink loss), very minor scuffing in the blacks (only visible in raking light), occasional minor soiling in the margins (particularly near the sheet edges), a scuff at upper left margin, soiling and soft rubbing at upper margin corners, otherwise in very good condition, framed.

Estimate
$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $60,000

Evening Editions

21 April 2011
New York