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Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987)
LOT ID: 74166
Martha Graham: Letter to the World (The Kick), 1986

Screenprint, on Lenox Museum Board
36 х 36 in. (91.44 x 91.44 cm.)
Signed, and numbered in pencil, verso
Print/Casting Year 1986
Edition 90/100
Foundry/Publisher Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, Inc., New York, pub. Rupert Jasen Smith, New York, prntr.
Lot description
"Letter to the World (The Kick)" from Warhol's Martha Graham portfolio, was published in 1986 to commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, Inc. in New York.
Here, Graham, who has been called both "the mother of modern dance" and "the Picasso of dance", is portrayed with captivating grace and movement.
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)
Martha Graham: Letter to the World (The Kick) by Andy Warhol
  • Martha Graham: Letter to the World (The Kick) by Andy Warhol
  • Martha Graham: Letter to the World (The Kick) by Andy Warhol
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