Andy Warhol - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Monday, June 27, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Loretta Howard Gallery, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    Portrait of Frank Stella is a silkscreened image of the American
    abstract painter’s face, half in shadow, on a monochrome
    canvas. Stella was an instrumental member of the Post-Painterly
    Abstraction and Colour Field movements which coincided with
    the Pop movement, and like Warhol, Stella emphasised that
    the meaning of his work could be found on the surface of each
    painting. This displacement of meaning from subject to surface
    was something Warhol strived to achieve in his own work, often
    explaining that in order to understand him, one had to look no
    further than the surface of his work.

  • 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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Portrait of Frank Stella

Acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas.
20.3 × 20.6 cm (7 7/8 × 8 1/8 in).
Signed and dated ‘Andy Warhol 1967’ on the reverse. Stamped by The Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board and numbered A103.076 on the reverse.

£70,000 - 90,000 

Sold for £79,250

Contemporary Art Day Sale

28 June