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Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987)
LOT ID: 80542
Queen Ntombi Twala, from Reigning Queens (Royal Edition), 1985

Screenprint, on Lenox Museum Board with Diamond Dust
39.38 х 31.5 in. (100.03 x 80.01 cm.)
Signed, and numbered recto, lower left
Print/Casting Year 1985
Edition AP 3/5
Foundry/Publisher George C. P. Mulder, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Lot description
Artwork measures 39.38 x 31.5 inches (100 x 80 cm). Framed.

N.B. Image 1, included for reference only, is from p. 141 of "Andy Warhol Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné 1962-1987," Third Edition, ed. Frayda Feldman and Jörg Schellmann. Please see Images 2, 3, 5, and 6 to view the present work.

This rare silkscreen print by Andy Warhol is from the 1985 portfolio "Reigning Queens (Royal Edition)," a series of portraits of the female monarchs Elizabeth II of England, Beatrix of the Netherlands, Margrethe II of Denmark, and Ntombi Twala of Swaziland. The Royal Edition prints are distinguished for being sprinkled across their surface with ‘diamond dust,’ crushed glass particles which sparkle when they catch the light. One of five artist's proofs, the present work is hand-signed and numbered by the artist.

Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987), born Andrew Warhola in Pittsburgh, PA, was the most prominent Pop artist of the twentieth century. After studying design at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, Warhol moved to New York City in 1949 to pursue a career as a commercial artist. In the early 1960s, Warhol began to create paintings based on advertising imagery. Shocking to many in its embrace of “low” art and its emotional detachment, this early work quickly brought him fame; during this period, he used techniques such as screenprinting and stenciling to produce his well-known series featuring Campbell’s soup cans, media about disasters, 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, where gathered a group of eccentrics he called the “Superstars.” With the Superstars, he created a number of experimental films, such as “Sleep,” “Chelsea Girls,” and “Empire”; these films were often banned by the police for their vulgarity. 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.

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
Queen Ntombi Twala, from Reigning Queens (Royal Edition) by Andy Warhol
  • Queen Ntombi Twala, from Reigning Queens (Royal Edition) by Andy Warhol
  • Queen Ntombi Twala, from Reigning Queens (Royal Edition) by Andy Warhol
  • Queen Ntombi Twala, from Reigning Queens (Royal Edition) by Andy Warhol
  • Queen Ntombi Twala, from Reigning Queens (Royal Edition) by Andy Warhol
  • Queen Ntombi Twala, from Reigning Queens (Royal Edition) by Andy Warhol
  • Queen Ntombi Twala, from Reigning Queens (Royal Edition) by Andy Warhol
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