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Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987)
LOT ID: 81404
The Star (from the Myths portfolio), 1981

Screenprint, on Lenox Museum Board with diamond dust
38 х 38 in. (96.52 x 96.52 cm.)
Signed, and numbered, lower recto and verso
Print/Casting Year 1981
Edition 60/200
Foundry/Publisher Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Inc., NY, pub. Rupert Jasen Smith, prntr.
Lot description
"The Star" is considered one of the most desirable prints in Warhol's beloved Myths portfolio. This gorgeous scarlet rendering of Greta Garbo embodies everything that Warhol adored - celebrity, opulence, and beauty. As the source image for this work, the artist used a movie still from the 1931 film "Mata Hari" in which Greta Garbo played the title character. Against a glittering background of diamond dust, the bejeweled Garbo embodies the classic femme fatale. Warhol began working on his Myths portfolio in 1981. Each of the ten works represents a different archetype of American popular culture, including Dracula, Santa Claus, Superman, and Uncle Sam. Scholars have deduced that each prints in the portfolio also expresses some facet of the artist's own personality.

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).

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)
The Star (from the Myths portfolio) by Andy Warhol
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