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

    see Frayda Feldman and Jörg Schellmann IIB. 242-244
    see Jörg Schellmann, ed., Forty Are Better Than One, Munich/New York, 2009, pp. 340-341
    Jörg Schellmann, ed., Andy Warhol Unique, Munich/New York, 2014, p. 36

  • Catalogue Essay

    "Working with Joseph Beuys on editions and exhibitions since 1970, Bernd Klüser and I (as Schellmann and Klüser) had the idea in 1979 to suggest to Andy Warhol that he do a portrait of Joseph Beuys. Soon afterward we had arranged an appointment with the Factory in New York, but to our surprise we learned that Lucio Amelio, an art dealer in Naples, had already suggested the same idea to Warhol. When Andy realised our disappointment, he proposed that we do the project jointly with Amelio. As we had known Lucio for a long time, we arranged to do the project along with a number of small and large paintings, a print portfolio, and exhibitions in Naples, Geneva, and Munich. Years later, when Beuys had died, Klüser and I published the portfolio For Joseph Beuys [see lot 179] with works by thirty artists, which included a camouflage version of Warhol’s Beuys portrait."

    - Jörg Schellmann (ed.), Andy Warhol Unique, Munich/New York, 2014, p. 28

  • 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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Joseph Beuys

Unique screenprint with rayon flock in colours, on Lenox Museum Board, the full sheet.
S. 101.7 x 81.4 cm (40 x 32 in.)
Signed and numbered 'TP 24/45' in pencil (a trial proof in a unique colour combination before the edition of 150 and 36 artist's proofs), published by Edition Schellmann & Klüser, Munich (with their and the artist's copyright inkstamps on the reverse), framed.

£12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for £62,500

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Edition Schellmann: Fifty Are Better Than One

London Auction 6 June 2019