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  • In the 1980’s, Andy Warhol went beyond contemporary pop culture and turned toward imagery rooted in the past, finding inspiration in a wide variety of subject matter, from old master paintings to famous longstanding structures like the Cologne Cathedral and the Brooklyn Bridge. King of the New York art scene, Warhol was an obvious choice for the city to approach to make a series of prints in honor of the 100th anniversary of the city’s beloved Brooklyn Bridge in 1983. Warhol found his source imagery for the edition in the archives of Museum of the City of New York, choosing a photo that highlighted the rich history of the city and brought another New York institution into the conversation of such a monumental event. Each of the 200 prints in the edition is entirely unique, their bright colors reflective of the trending hues of the 1980’s. Warhol’s Brooklyn Bridge screenprint was featured on the invitations to the 100th anniversary event, which culminated with astonishing fireworks over the Brooklyn Bridge, lighting up the night sky in commemoration.


    Fireworks over the Brooklyn Bridge, May 24, 1983. Image: Bernard Gotfryd photograph collection, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.


    • Literature

      Frayda Feldman and Jörg Schellmann 290

    • 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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Brooklyn Bridge (F. & S. 290)

Unique screenprint in colors, on Lenox Museum Board, the full sheet.
S. 39 3/8 x 39 3/8 in. (100 x 100 cm)
Signed and numbered 'TP 5/25' in pencil (one of 25 unique trial proofs, the edition was 200 and 25 artist's proofs), published by the 1983 Brooklyn Bridge Centennial Commission, Inc., New York (with the Andy Warhol Copyright inkstamp on the reverse), framed.

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$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $76,200

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 24-26 October 2023