Andy Warhol - Evening & Day Editions London Thursday, June 6, 2024 | Phillips
  • “I always notice flowers.”
    —Andy Warhol

    When we think of Andy Warhol, images of famous pop icons such as Marilyn Monroe and Mick Jagger flash across the mind, alongside screenprints of Campbell’s Soup cans and other commercialised goods. Warhol’s 1982 Daisy is a refreshing departure from his preliminary explorations into pop culture and commodification. In stark contrast to the proliferation and repetitious iconography of colourfully branded objects, Warhol’s flower subjects appear as an almost surprising, contradictory venture into the world of nature. However, from a young age Warhol developed a love for nature and retained a long-lasting affinity to the natural environment in his personal life and through his art.


    Warhol’s Daisy follows his iconic Flowers of the 1960s, consisting of ten screenprints that depict a colourful assortment of nondescript flowers appearing as blocky outlines against a bed of grass. The series immediately garnered attention when exhibited at the renowned Leo Castelli Gallery in 1964. Warhol’s inspiration for the series originated from an incidental encounter with a photograph of hibiscus flowers in a Modern Photography catalogue. He immediately harnessed the image; cropping, rotating and infusing the flowers with vibrant colours so that they appear non-distinct yet infused with new life. The transformation from a rare hibiscus flower to a generic floral silhouette, however, aligns with critical discussions surrounding the stronghold of pop culture, mass media and the increasing commodification and distribution of products on an unprecedented scale. Moreover, Warhol found himself at the centre of a lawsuit when Patricia Caulfield, the original photographer of the hibiscus image, sued the artist for copyright infringement. The dispute was particularly comical as Warhol had until then relied heavily on the appropriation of copyrighted brands for his images. That this organic, natural motif was the iconography that caused him the most trouble is particularly ironic and speaks to Warhol’s persistent inquiry – and Pop Art’s broader interrogation – into ownership, commodification, and originality.


    Warhol previously explored daisy imagery in his 1970 Rain Machine (Daisy Waterfall) installed at the Expo ’70 in Osaka, Japan, and later debuted at LACMA, California. Forming a holographic wall of lenticular photographic daisies behind a recircling waterfall, the sculptural instillation created a remarkably large vision of nature translated into an artificial world. Departing from his habitual medium of screenprinting and mass-media subject matter, the work coincided with growing concerns around ecological issues such as the Greenhouse Effect in the 1970s. Rain Machine (Daisy Waterfall) played into the illusion of a natural environment, using the hypnotic sound of water to lure the viewer into the natural world on a physical and psychological level. This was of course a simulation; a botanical realm created with electric vitality and uncanny liveness that highlighted the artificiality of the modern world and called for a return to nature.

    “There is beauty in everything. Just not everybody sees it.”
    —Andy Warhol

    Warhol’s recurring exploitation of botanical subject matter in the 1980s is manifest through the Daisy prints. The prints focus on a singular, recognisable flower with much less of a photographic effect. Unlike the Flowers series, Daisy is stripped back to an outline overlaying pastel colours without the support of a background, yet we can still immediately identify the specific flower. The print is one of Warhol’s most direct interactions with nature – simplified yet still remarkably compelling. It is this tension between natural life and mechanical, hyper-processed art that makes Warhol’s flowers so captivating: simple yet bold, complex yet recognisable, natural yet man-made.

    • Provenance

      The Estate of Andy Warhol, New York
      The Andy Warhol Authentication Board, New York
      Horst Von Beeren Collection, New York
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • Literature

      see Frayda Feldman and Jörg Schellmann IIIA.38

    • 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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Property from a Private Collection, London


Daisy (see F. & S. IIIA.38)

circa 1982
Unique screenprint in colours, on Lenox Museum Board, the full sheet.
S. 96.7 x 96.7 cm (38 1/8 x 38 1/8 in.)
A rare, unsigned, unique colour variant proof (there was no edition), with the Estate of Andy Warhol, the Visual Arts Foundation, and the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board inkstamps on the reverse, initialled 'T.J.H.' by Timothy J. Hunt of the Andy Warhol Foundation and annotated 'UP 21.30' and 'A157.021' in pencil on the reverse, framed.

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