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Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987)
LOT ID: 79252
Marilyn (announcement), 1981

Screenprint
12 х 12 in. (30.48 x 30.48 cm.)
Signed, in felt tip pen on recto
Foundry/Publisher Castelli Graphics
Lot description
Warhol's iconic Marilyn invitation was published by Castelli Galleries, New York in 1981 to announce a Warhol retrospective. It includes the original label from Castelli Galleries on the verso. During the 1960s Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987) began to explore the iconic status of everyday objects such as his images of Campbell's soup cans and his portraits of such notable personalities as Marilyn Monroe. This is the artist's most famous image which defined both the artist and the pop movement. In 1981, Warhol had a print retrospective at Leo Castelli Gallery, the legendary gallery that represented all the important pop artists in addition to Warhol, such as Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg.

Andy Warhol (1927-1987) is the most widely recognized artist of the 1960s Pop Art movement, a genre that would change the American art market indefinitely. Warhol received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1949, and subsequently moved to New York City to pursue a career in the arts. It was not long before he was creating ground-breaking works, including paintings, prints, photographs, and films, that brought attention to American pop culture and the lifestyle of Hollywood celebrities. Warhol embraced market culture and helped to lead a change in the New York art scene that would in turn influence others to also look to consumer culture and goods for artistic inspiration. Today, he is regarded as one of the most prominent artists of the twentieth century, contributing not only thousands of works of art that are housed in museums and collections worldwide but also an iconic style that would impact the art market and artists alike for decades. His works have been exhibited in over two thousand exhibitions, including retrospectives at The Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY (2008); Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris, France (1990); and The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (1989).

Selected Public Collections:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY)
The Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh, PA)
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)
The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (Chicago, IL)
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