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Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987)
LOT ID: 75003
Camouflage (Authenticated by Warhol Authentication Board), 1986

Screenprint, with polymer paint on Arches 88 paper
40 х 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm.)
Other, Stamped by the Warhol Authentication Board
Edition Unique
Lot description
This unique "Camouflage" work, stamped by the Warhol Authentication Board, was born from the question Warhol posed: "What can I do that would be abstract but not really abstract?" His camouflage works invite us to reconsider the way we associate certain abstract imagery with concrete and immediately recognizable imagery. Warhol later began incorporating the camouflage patterns into his portraits. In doing this, he created a juxtaposition between identity and disguise. This could be understood as a metaphor for celebrity struggle to gain notoriety while keeping one's private life away from public eyes.

Andy Warhol (1928-1987) is widely credited as one of the most significant artists of the 20th century. After studying design at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Warhol moved to New York in 1949 to pursue a career as a commercial artist. Though successful, Warhol wanted to be an independent painter. In the early 1960s he began to create paintings based on advertising imagery. He established his own studio, The Factory, and developed his signature style, employing commercial silkscreening techniques to create identical, mass-produced images on canvas. With his multiple images of soup cans, soda bottles, dollar bills and celebrities, Warhol revealed the beauty within mass culture and redefined the art world.

Selected Public Collections:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)
Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY)
Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA)
J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, CA)
Tate Gallery (London, UK)
National Galleries of Scotland (Edinburgh, UK)
Camouflage by Andy Warhol
  • Camouflage by Andy Warhol
  • Camouflage by Andy Warhol
  • Camouflage by Andy Warhol
  • Camouflage by Andy Warhol
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