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Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987)
LOT ID: 79462
Queen Ntombi Twala of Swaziland (Diamond Dust) from "Reigning Queens, Royal Edition", 1985

Screenprint, with diamond dust on Lenox Museum board
39.38 х 31.5 in. (100.03 x 80.01 cm.)
Signed, inscribed, in pencil and numbered 'R 9/30' with the artist's copyright stamp on the reverse.
Print/Casting Year 1985
Edition 30
Foundry/Publisher George C.P. Mulder, Amsterdam (publisher)
Lot description
Queen Ntombi Twala of Swaziland (Diamond Dust) by Andy Warhol. Screenprint in colors with diamond dust. From the Reigning Queens (Royal Edition), silkscreen and diamond dust, numbered R 9/30, signed and numbered on recto, on Lenox Museum Board, published by George C.P. Mulder, Amsterdam. Unframed sheet dimensions are 39.38 х 31.5 in. Custom framed to larger dimensions. This print is in perfect condition.

This suite is part of Warhol's "Royal Edition" of the 'Reigning Queens' portfolio from 1985 which included prints of the female monarchs in the world at the time all in screenprint and diamond dust: Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, and Queen Ntombi. 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. 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. 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)
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY)
The Andy Warhol Museum (New York, NY)
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)
The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Queen Ntombu Twala (Diamond Dust) from the Reigning Queens (Royal Edition) portfolio by Andy Warhol
  • Queen Ntombu Twala (Diamond Dust) from the Reigning Queens (Royal Edition) portfolio by Andy Warhol
  • Queen Ntombu Twala (Diamond Dust) from the Reigning Queens (Royal Edition) portfolio by Andy Warhol
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