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  • Provenance

    Anon., Christie's, London, Impressionist, Modern and Post-War Art, 7 February 2001, lot 339; Private Collection

  • Catalogue Essay

    Andy Warhol was a visionary whose innovations changed the course of art history. From his early commercial illustrations to the iconic late self-portraits, the breadth of his art is truly astonishing. The current lot, Hamburger Michel, is a prime example of Warhol's wide-ranging oeuvre. The painting was produced at a time when the artist was exhibiting extensively in Germany in the early 1980s, in cities including Berlin, Hanover, Munich and Cologne. In typical Warholian fashion, the silkscreen is a multi-layered representation of a building in Hamburg. Elements such as diamond dust, traced outlines of the clock tower and colour blocks overlap, instantly creating a dynamic image.

  • 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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Hamburger Michel

c. 1980–83
Synthetic polymer, silkscreen inks and diamond dust on canvas.
125.4 × 104.8 cm (49 1/3 × 41 1/4 in).
Signed ‘Andy Warhol' on the overlap.

£200,000 - 300,000 

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

29 June 2010