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Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987)
LOT ID: 96952
Lamentation #388 (Martha Graham), 1986

Screenprint, on Lenox Museum Board
36 х 36 in. (91.44 x 91.44 cm.)
Signed, and numbered 4/5 PP, verso.
Print/Casting Year 1986
Edition 4/5 PP from an edition of 100 + 25 AP + 5 PP + 10 HC
Foundry/Publisher : Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, Inc., New York. Printed by: Rupert Jasen Smith, New York
Lot description
Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) created several images of American dancer and choreographer Martha Graham (American, 1894-1991) in his signature Pop-Art portraiture style. This screenprint “Lamentation #388 (Martha Graham)” is one of three variations in the artist’s “Martha Graham Portfolio” from 1986, each from an edition of 100 + 25AP + 5 PP + 10 HC.

Created the year before Warhol's untimely passing, “Lamentation #388 (Martha Graham)” ironically has underlying tones of death and sorrow. “Lamentation” was the name of a dance Martha Graham choreographed in 1930. The dancers sat throughout the performance with a band of fabric wrapped around them, stretching the fabric in one direction and another; a symbolic act of a person lamenting a loss, and trying to break free from the grief. In turn, this visual act of grieving death and the image of Martha Graham has become immortalized through Warhol's pioneering approach to art exemplified in this emotionally charged work.

The Martha Graham Portfolio was published to commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, Inc., New York.
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Lamentation #388 (Martha Graham) by Andy Warhol
  • Lamentation #388 (Martha Graham) by Andy Warhol
  • Lamentation #388 (Martha Graham) by Andy Warhol
  • Lamentation #388 (Martha Graham) by Andy Warhol
  • Lamentation #388 (Martha Graham) by Andy Warhol
  • Lamentation #388 (Martha Graham) by Andy Warhol
  • Lamentation #388 (Martha Graham) by Andy Warhol
  • Lamentation #388 (Martha Graham) by Andy Warhol
  • Lamentation #388 (Martha Graham) by Andy Warhol
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