Andy Warhol, Karen Kain, 1980

Artist: Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987)
Title:Karen Kain, 1980
Reference:Feldman & Schellmann IIB.236
Medium:Color screenprint with Diamond Dust on Lenox Museum Board.
Image Size:40 x 32 in (101.6 x 81.3 cm)
Sheet Size:40 x 32 in (101.6 x 81.3 cm)
Framed Size:51 in x 42 7/8 in (129.5 cm x 109 cm)
Edition:Numbered Artist Proof aside from the regular edition of 200.
Signature:This work is hand-signed by Andy Warhol (Pennsylvania, 1928 - New York, 1987) in pencil at lower right corner.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-3656

Historical Description

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. Andy Warhol 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, Andy Warhol Karen Kain, 1980 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. Andy Warhol Karen Kain, 1980 is a unique trial proof, numbered from the edition of 30 artist proofs in pencil in the lower right, aside from the regular edition of 200 and the edition of 5 printer's proofs, and 25 trial proofs. This artwork is hand-signed by Andy Warhol (Pennsylvania, 1928 - New York, 1987) in pencil at the lower right.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Andy Warhol Karen Kain, 1980 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the final sale of the work).

1. Feldman, Frayda and Jörg Schellmann. Andy Warhol Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné 1962 – 1987, 4th Ed. New York: Distributed Art Publishers, Inc., 2003. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné IIB. 236.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Andy Warhol Karen Kain, 1980 is presented in a complementary moulding with silk-wrapped mats and optical-grade Plexiglas.