Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait
Signed Andy Warhol, Porcelain Plaque, Self-Portrait
|Artist:||Warhol, Andy (1928 - 1987), After|
|Image Size:||20 1/8 in x 20 1/8 in (51.1 cm x 51.1 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||20 1/8 in x 20 1/8 in (51.1 cm x 51.1 cm)|
|Signed:||Bearing the printed signature of Andy Warhol in white in the lower left corner, and the Rosenthal Studio Line in white in the lower right corner.|
|Edition:||Numbered 8/49 on a label fixed to the verso, which reads: "Andy Warhol Collection | Rosenthal | studio-line| limited edition XX/49"; produced under a license from the Andy Warhol Foundation by the Rosenthal Studio Line.|
|Condition:||This work is in pristine condition and is accompanied by the original, custom-made wooden box.|
Head tilted lazily to one side, the King of Pop hides behind his trademark black sunglasses in this classic self-portrait. The original screenprint that inspired this work set the tone for all self-portraits to follow, making this an important piece.
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This instantly recognizable image dates to the same year that Warhol put on his show of sculptures comprised of many 'Brill soap pad' boxes, which caused a huge uproar; people were up in arms, decrying his mass-produced commercial products. David Bourdon describes what separates these works from Duchamp's controversial sculptures of a similar nature: "Warhol's boxes, in contrast to Duchamp's ready-mades, were re-created in another medium" (185). Warhol's signature screenprints were no different, as they often replicated the images from polaroid photos taken by the artist.
The self-portrait after which this porcelain plaque was created belongs to a series of four that is universally acclaimed as the artist's first seminal self-portrait. The trench coat, witty and flirtatious tilt of the head and of course the dark sunglasses all obscure the real Warhol. That the portrait comes from a photograph translated into another medium only increases the level of remove from the true persona of this enigmatic artist.
Created in 2010 by the Rosenthal Studio Line under a license from the Andy Warhol Foundation, this work is Numbered from the edition of 49 on a label fixed to the verso, which reads: "Andy Warhol Collection | Rosenthal | studio-line| limited edition XX/49". The original acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas after which the work is created was painted in 1964.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
1. Bourdon, David. Warhol. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, 1989.
The original acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas after which this work was
made is listed on p. 185 as plate no. 170.
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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