Andy Warhol - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Wednesday, February 27, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Leo Castelli, New York; Guenter Uecker, Munich

  • Catalogue Essay

    From Edouard Manet through Vincent van Gogh to Paul Klee, the flower motif assumed a prominent place in the more recent history of art. Photography played a decisive role when the flower had its real renaissance within Pop Art, centring on Warhol’s Flowers which, based on a photograph, are amongst the most important flower pictures of the 20th century. Probably for the first time since van Gogh, an essential concept of modern art was developed using the flower motif. Warhol created something completely new when he used silkscreen to combine the pictorial seriality of the age of television with the epitomic serial motif of Nature: the flower. Since its comeback in Warhol’s work, it has never quite vanished from art exhibitions and studios, and is still cultivated almost obsessively as a motif by major artists, such as Pipilotti Rist, Wolfgang Laib or Nobuyoshi Araki. Galerie Thaddeaus Ropac, Press Release, Andy Warhol – Flowers on Paper, Paris, 2006

  • 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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Acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen.
21 x 21 cm. (8 1/4 x 8 1/4 in).

£150,000 - 200,000 

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

28 Feb 2008, 7pm