Andy Warhol - Contemporary Art London Thursday, June 21, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Illeana Sonnabend, Paris; Collection Frederick W. Hughes, New York;
    Thomas Ammann Fine Art, Zurich; Collection Heiner Bastian, Berlin; Stellan Holm, New York

  • Exhibited

    Paris, Galerie Illeana Sonnabend, Andy Warhol, May 1965

  • Literature

    G. Frei, N. Printz, and S. King-Nero, The Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonne,
    Paintings and Sculpture 1964–1969, New York, 2004, cat. no. 1529, p. 62 (illustrated) and p. 75

  • Catalogue Essay

    “The flowers, Warhol explains with a smile, came from a fabric that was in a Kodak ad on how to print color in your home darkroom. He gets up from his knees where he has been working on the purple color matching problem, the background of a three-foot square Liz Taylor head, and walks to a cardboard box sitting on a table. He motions to several large different colored flowers prints along the way. These are for my Paris show, he says opening the cardboard box. He pulls out a handful of tiny canvases, five-by-five inches, covered with the same flower print. They come six to a package, and you get six colors. Each set costs $30. He sounded like he was selling Christmas wrapping, and he must have though so too, because he suddenly looked up and almost laughed. Someone asks how many he had made, and he says about a hundred. When should I stop? I don’t know how many to make. Should I stop making them? He shrugs and goes back to Liz Taylor.” (R. Vaughan, “Superpop or A Night at the Factory”, Herald Tribune, New York, August 8, 1965, p. 7).

  • 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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Silkscreen ink on linen.
14 x 14 in. (35.6 x 35.6 cm).
Signed “Andy Warhol 64” on the overlap.

£250,000 - 350,000 

Contemporary Art

22 June 2007, 4pm & 5pm