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This unique proof depicts dancers facing each other in a more intimate position which is quite different from the final edition, where both dancers face the same way, resembling a Greek freize. Not only is it unique in composition, this is also a unique color combination, one that is completely different from the ultimate selection.
This work is especially exciting because it has what appears to be the beginnings of Warhol's "Plain Indian Shield" image from his "Cowboys and Indians" portfolio printed on the back. This portfolio was printed right before Warhol's "Martha Graham" portfolio.
This print is tangible proof of the intensity and experimental nature of Warhol's working process.

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. Though successful, Warhol wanted to be an independent painter. 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. With his multiple images of soup cans, soda bottles, dollar bills and celebrities, Warhol revealed the beauty within mass culture and redefined the art world.

Selected Public Collections:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)
Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY)
Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA)
J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, CA)
Tate Gallery (London, UK)
National Galleries of Scotland (Edinburgh, UK)

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Catalogue Raisonné: II.387, Feldman & Schellmann
The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Surface Abrasions / Scratches
Area: Image
Location: Lower right, Lower left
Notes: Lower left quadrant below "orange" female's hair is approximately 1.5" in length; second scratch is in lower right hand quadrant below foot and is approximately 1" (difficult to see without amplification).
Degree: Minor

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.

  • Private Collection, USA The Estate of Andy Warhol
  • Pickup Location: Indiana, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 42 x 42 x 2 in. (106.68 x 106.68 x 5.08 cm.)
  • Framed Under: Plexi
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