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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Italy

  • Catalogue Essay

    Warhol's portraits of the 70s provide a fascinating account of his personal and artistic circle, as well as a chronicle of many of the most talented, best-known and wealthiest public figures of the period. In such figures, Warhol found the ideal subjects that united both aspects of the mass media culture, where accessibility turned private tragedy into public myth. It was the ambiguous combination of tragedy and fame, the thin line between pleasure and pain, Warhol was interested in.



  • 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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Man Ray

1974
Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on canvas.
13 x 13 in. (33 x 33 cm).
Signed and dated “Andy Warhol ‘74” on the reverse and stamped with the Authentication Board seal and numbered “A.101.0410” on the overlap.

Estimate
£100,000 - 150,000 

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

Evening Sale
13 October 2007, 4pm
London