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Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987)
LOT ID: 77627
Sex Parts, 1978

Screenprint, on HMP paper
31 х 23.25 in. (78.74 x 59.06 cm.)
Signed, and numbered, lower left recto
Print/Casting Year 1978
Edition 15/30
Foundry/Publisher Rupert Jansen Smith, New York, printer. Andy Warhol Enterprises, Inc., publisher.
Lot description
Warhol's playful voyeurism is explored in his “Sex Parts” series, six black and white prints he made of men engaging in sex acts. He would photograph the men but not participate. Acting as a voyeur himself, Warhol forces the viewer to become one as well through the viewer’s examination of the overtly sexual scenes. Although the work’s initial graphic nature may seem shocking, Warhol was focused more so on exposing how puritanical values in American culture were breaking down during the 70's exploration of free love and the growing acceptance of homosexuality, than he was on the sex acts being performed. In titling the work "Sex Parts" and in his use of contrasting black and white, he is shifting focus from the sex acts to the body parts depicted. This was a pet project for Warhol, as demonstrated by his decision to publish the works himself.
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). His work is currently featured in a major exhibition entitled "Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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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