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Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987)
LOT ID: 77678
Martin Buber (from Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century), 1980

Screenprint, on Lenox Museum Board
40 х 32 in. (101.6 x 81.28 cm.)
Signed, and numbered, lower right recto
Edition 200
Foundry/Publisher Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Inc., New York; Jonathan A Editions, Tel Aviv, Israel, pub.
Lot description
In 1980, a publisher in Tel Aviv asked Warhol to create a portfolio of the ten most important Jews of all time. Warhol called them his “Jewish Geniuses.” Warhol selected Martin Buber (1878 – 1965), the famous Hasidic scholar and philosopher. Buber’s metaphysical writings, as well as his retelling of Hasidic tales have made him one of the most popular Jews of all time. His involvement in the founding of the State of Israel, also makes him, for many, one of the Fathers of the modern Israeli state.

Warhol cloaked Buber in intense colors of blue – the color is considered a divine color in Judaism and is, with white, the color of the Israeli flag.

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)
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Martin Buber (from Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century) by Andy Warhol
  • Martin Buber (from Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century) by Andy Warhol
  • Martin Buber (from Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century) by Andy Warhol
  • Martin Buber (from Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century) by Andy Warhol
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