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Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987)
LOT ID: 89075
Diana Ross, 1981

Polaroid
4.25 х 3.5 in. (10.8 x 8.89 cm.)
Inscribed, Embossed Copywrite Andy Warhol, Numbered by Warhol Foundation; with certificate of authenticity
Edition Unique
Lot description
4.25 x 3.5 inches (10.8 x 8.9 cm)

Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987) who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. Warhol's art encompassed many forms of media, including hand drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, silk screening, sculpture, film, and music. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertisement. In conjunction with is visual work, he also co-founded Interview Magazine and authored numerous books.

After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became a renowned and sometimes controversial artist. In the early 1960s, Warhol began to create paintings based on advertisement imagery. Shocking to many in its embrace of “low art” and its detachment from emotion, this early work quickly brought him fame; during this period, he used techniques such as screen printing and stenciling to produce his well-known series featuring Campbell’s soup cans, media about disaster\s, and electric chairs, as well as portraits of media stars (Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, and Elvis Presley were among his subjects). As his fame grew, Warhol established a studio called The Factory on 47th Street. The Factory brought together distinguished intellectuals, drag queens, playwrights, Bohemian street people, Hollywood celebrities, and wealthy patrons.

In 1968, Valerie Solanas, a former member of Warhol’s entourage, attempted to kill the artist and others outside of The Factory. After surviving the attack, Warhol began to focus on celebrity portraits, garnering considerable earnings but little critical approval. With Gerard Malanga, he founded Interview Magazine, which is still in print today. In the 1980s, Warhol’s work was revitalized by collaborations with younger artists, such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Francesco Clemente, and Keith Haring, and he produced a renowned series of paintings, including The Last Supper. Warhol died in 1987 from complications following an operation.

Warhol has been the subject of numerous retrospective exhibitions and books, and films. He coined the widely used expression “15 minutes of fame.” His art works are very collectible and highly valuable. One of his paintings, entitled Eight Elvises, sold for more $100M .

Selected Public Collections:
Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Musée d'Art Contemporain, Marseille, France
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Tate Modern, London, England
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
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