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Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) created several images of American dancer and choreographer Martha Graham (American, 1894-1991) in his signature Pop-Art portraiture style. This screenprint “Lamentation #388 (Martha Graham)” is one of three variations in the artist’s “Martha Graham Portfolio” from 1986, each from an edition of 100 + 25AP + 5 PP + 10 HC.

Created the year before Warhol's untimely passing, “Lamentation #388 (Martha Graham)” ironically has underlying tones of death and sorrow. “Lamentation” was the name of a dance Martha Graham choreographed in 1930. The dancers sat throughout the performance with a band of fabric wrapped around them, stretching the fabric in one direction and another; a symbolic act of a person lamenting a loss, and trying to break free from the grief. In turn, this visual act of grieving death and the image of Martha Graham has become immortalized through Warhol's pioneering approach to art exemplified in this emotionally charged work.

The Martha Graham Portfolio was published to commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, Inc., New York.

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Catalogue Raisonné: II.388, Feldman/Schellmann
The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Area: Other area
Location: Lower left
Notes: There is a slight crease on the lower left corner in addition to a slight bend on the lower right side of the bottom of the work.
Degree: Minor
Paint Loss
Area: Image
Location: Other location
Notes: There is 3/4 inches of slight loss or chips visible in the lower center and lower right.
Degree: Minor
The art is in good condition. The paper undulates slightly due to the placement of the hinges. The print is floating in a fabric matt with a fabric backing board. The frame shows minor wear with slight scratch on the Plexiglas.

Definition Key
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • Hamilton Selway Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA Private Collection, CA
  • Pickup Location: California, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 45 x 45 in. (114.3 x 114.3 cm.)
  • Framed Under: Plexi
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