Andy Warhol - Edition Schellmann: Fifty Are Better Than One London Thursday, June 6, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    see Frayda Feldman and Jörg Schellmann IIB. 316 - 319
    see Jörg Schellmann, ed., Forty Are Better Than One, Munich/New York, 2009, pp. 344-345
    Jörg Schellmann, ed., Andy Warhol Unique, Munich/New York, 2014, p. 111

  • Catalogue Essay

    "When Warhol received a commission he produced a number of Trial Proofs as he worked on the image and made suggestions to the client. After consultation, generally a second group of Trial Proofs would be created. At the end of the production of the edition, a total of some thirty to fifty, or even more, Trial Proofs would be divided up between the client, the artist, and the printer. An enormous additional value would be created, as these unique works were one-offs in terms of color and color placement, and partially so in the halftones and linear elements. These Trial Proofs can be seen as essentially the same as Warhol's originals except that they are executed on paper instead of on canvas. In them the difference between "the original," in the sense of the unique image on the one hand, and "the edition," in the sense of many similar images on the other, is cancelled out. The significance and value of these unique prints has yet to be fully recognized due to their technical origins and existence in the production of an edition."

    - Jӧrg Schellmann (ed.), Andy Warhol Unique, Munich/New York, 2014, p. 9

  • 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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Details of Renaissance Paintings (Sandro Botticelli, Birth of Venus, 1482)

Unique screenprint in colours, on Arches Aquarelle Cold Pressed paper, with full margins.
I. 63.6 x 94.1 cm (25 x 37 in.)
S. 81.5 x 112.1 cm (32 1/8 x 44 1/8 in.)

Signed and numbered 'TP 29/36' in pencil (a trial proof in a unique colour combination before the edition of 70 and 18 artist's proofs), published by Edition Schellmann & Klüser, Munich and New York (with their and the artist's copyright inkstamp on the reverse), framed.

£50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for £243,750

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Edition Schellmann: Fifty Are Better Than One

London Auction 6 June 2019