Andy Warhol, Karen Kain, 1980
Signed Andy Warhol, Screenprint, Karen Kain, 1980
|Artist:||Warhol, Andy (1928 - 1987)|
|Title:||Karen Kain, 1980|
|Reference:||Feldman & Schellmann II.236|
Original Color Screenprint with Diamond Dust on Lenox Museum Board
|Image Size:||40 in x 32 in (101.6 cm x 81.3 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||40 in x 32 in (101.6 cm x 81.3 cm)|
|Framed Size:||approx. 50 in x 42 in (127cm x 106.7 cm)|
|Signed:||Hand-signed by Andy Warhol (Pennsylvania, 1928 - New York, 1987) in pencil at lower right corner; hand-signed by Karen Kain (Ontario, 1951 - ) in pencil at lower left corner.|
|Edition:||Numbered 185/200; aside from 30 Artist's Proofs, 5 Printer's Proofs, 25 Trial Proofs; printed by Rupert Jasen Smith, New York; published by William Hechter, Canada.|
|Condition:||This screenprint is in excellent condition, with flawless, saturated color.|
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|Karen Kain captivated Warhol just as she did audiences in Moscow, Paris, London
and Vienna during her quarter century-long career as a principal ballet dancer.
The artist created paintings after her image, in addition to this multicolored
screenprint. The graceful lines of Kain's hands and face glitter with diamond
dust against a geometric backdrop of tangerine, purple and sea foam green. Although
Kain admits in her autobiography that it took her many years to warm to her
pop portrait, she came to appreciate Warhol's vision; her own copy now hangs
in her dining room (Movement Never Lies, 140-41). Desirable for its contrasts,
Karen Kain shows the confidence, classical beauty and bone-deep elegance
of one of ballet's most accomplished dancers from a candy-colored point of view.
Inspired by a Polaroid photograph of Kain taken by Warhol, this original color screenprint was created in 1980. Numbered 185/200, this work was printed on Lenox Museum Board within the limited numbered edition; 30 artist's proofs, 5 printer's proofs, and 25 trial proofs also exist. This work is stamped in black on verso, H. P. Productions, Ltd. © Andy Warhol 1980. Hand-signed by Andy Warhol (Pennsylvania, 1928 - New York, 1987) in pencil at the lower right, this work is also hand-signed by Karen Kain (Ontario, 1951 - ) in pencil at the lower left.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
1. Feldman, Frayda and Jörg Schellmann. Andy Warhol Prints: a catalogue raisonné 1962-1987. 4th ed. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné II.236 on p. 114; further discussed on pp. 181 & 217.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.
About the Framing:
|Style:||multiples, screen printing, paintings, drawings|
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Biography of Andy Warhol
The American artist and filmmaker Andy Warhol was born Andrew Warhola in 1928. There has for years been quite a bit of confusion to where and when Andy Warhol was born, but according to Andy's two older brothers and the birth certificate that was filed in Pittsburgh in 1945, he was born on August 6th in Pittsburgh. Whether or not this is the day he was born hasn't been proved, but it was on this date he would celebrate his birthday. However, there is no doubt that he died at 6:31 A.M. on Sunday, February 22nd, 1987, at the New York Hospital after a gallbladder operation. He is considered a founder and major figure of the POP ART movement. A graduate of the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1949, he moved to New York City and gained success as a commercial artist. He got his first break in August 1949, when Glamour Magazine wanted him to illustrate a feature entitled "Success is a Job in New York". But by accident the credit read "Drawings by Andy Warhol" and that's how Andy dropped the "a" in his last name. He continued doing ads and illustrations and by 1955 he was the most successful and imitated commercial artist in New York. In 1960 he produced the first of his paintings depicting enlarged comic strip images - such as Popeye and Superman - initially for use in a window display.
Warhol pioneered the development of the process whereby an enlarged photographic image is transferred to a silk screen that is then placed on a canvas and inked from the back. Each Warhol silkscreen used this technique that enabled him to produce the series of mass-media images - repetitive, yet with slight variations - that he began in 1962. These iconic Andy Warhol prints, incorporating such items as Campbell's Soup cans, dollar bills, Coca-Cola bottles, and the faces of celebrities, can be taken as comments on the banality, harshness, and ambiguity of American culture.
Later in the 1960s, Warhol made a series of experimental films dealing with such ideas as time, boredom, and repetition; they include Sleep (1963), Empire (1964), and The Chelsea Girls (1966). In 1965 he started working with a rockband called "The Velvet Underground" formed by Lou Reed and John Cale. Andy introduced them to the model and moviestar Nico and she sang on their debut album from 1967 "The Velvet Underground and Nico". Andy would travel around the country, not only with The Velvets, but also with superstar of the year Edie Sedgwick and the lightshow "The Exploding Plastic Inevitable".
On June 3rd, 1968, Valerie Solanis, a rejected superstar, came into The Factory and shot Andy three times in the chest. He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead, but after having his chest cut up and been given heart massage, he survived. Valerie Solanis turned herself in that night and was put in a mental institution. She was later given a three year prison sentence. After recovering Andy Warhol continued to work. He founded inter/VIEW magazine in 1969 (they changed the name to Interview in 1971), published The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again in 1975 and continued to paint portraits until his death in 1987.
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