Andy Warhol - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, April 18, 2023 | Phillips
  • The portraits that make up the Myths portfolio can be read as an introspective project, Santa Claus referencing his life-long love of Christmas and Superman taking the artist back to his childhood when the Superman comic books offered comfort and distraction from an immobilizing illness. The subjects Warhol chose are so significant that even forty years later viewers might still feel a sense of nostalgia when looking at these prints. Even following the artist’s death, his likeness, as featured in The Shadow, continues to be as relevant and recognizable as his body of work inspires a new generation of onlookers. Comprised of Superman, Mammy, Mickey Mouse, Uncle Sam, The Witch, The Shadow, The Star, Howdy Doody, and Dracula, Warhol lets the viewer reminisce on the simpler days of childhood filled with toys, folklore, and fantasy.

    • Literature

      Frayda Feldman and Jörg Schellmann 262

    • 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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Mammy, from Myths (F. & S. 262)

Screenprint in colors with diamond dust, on Lenox Museum Board, the full sheet.
S. 37 7/8 x 38 in. (96.2 x 96.5 cm)
Signed and numbered 35/200 in pencil (there were also 30 artist's proofs), published by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Inc., New York (with their and the artist's copyright inkstamp on the reverse), framed.

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$25,000 - 35,000 

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New York Auction 18 - 20 April 2023