Andy Warhol, Liz, 1964

Artist: Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987)
Title:Liz, 1964
Medium:Offset lithograph in colors on wove paper
Image Size:23 in x 23 in (58.42 x 58.42 cm)
Framed Size:32 in x 32 in (81.28 x 81.28 cm)
Edition:From an edition of approximately 300 this work was published by Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, and printed by Total Color, New York.
Signature:This work is hand-signed by Andy Warhol (1928-1987)
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-5026


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Historical Description

Andy Warhol Liz, 1964; As perhaps the greatest cinematic icon of the silver screen in the latter half of the twentieth century, Elizabeth Taylor was clearly a fitting subject for Warhol’s celebrity-oriented art. For a man who—ever since boyhood—had held an almost obsessive fascination for the glittering allure and glamour of Hollywood and for young female starlets like Shirley Temple and Natalie Wood, it would seem in retrospect only to have been a matter of time before such a major iconic presence such as Liz Taylor entered the Warholian canon. Indeed, of all the many famous stars that Andy Warhol knew and painted, he seems to have held Elizabeth Taylor in especially high regard, seeing her throughout his life as the absolute epitome of glamour. When asked once in 1964 if he would like to meet her, he immediately became coy and bashful, cooing ecstatically in response, “Ohhhh, Elizabeth Taylor, Ohhhhh. She’s so glamorous” (A. Warhol quoted in K. Goldsmith, I’ll be your Mirror: The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews, New York, 2004, p. 26). When later in life Warhol met Taylor, growing to become friends with her in the late 1970s and 80s, he was famously heard to quip how as a choice of afterlife, he would like to be reincarnated as a “big ring” on Taylor’s finger.

Created in 1964, this original offset lithograph is in exquisite condition. Warhol has signed and dated the piece in ballpoint pen. The piece is from an edition of approx. 300. Published by Leo Castelli Gallery, New York and printed by Total Color, New York.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Andy Warhol Liz, 1964 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, 1989. Listed and illustrated as 7 on page 34.
2. Feldman, Frayda and Jörg Schellmann, A Catalogue Raisonné. 3rd ed. Listed as 11.7 on page 56.
3.  A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:

Andy Warhol Liz, 1964 is framed to archival, museum-grade standards. Displayed in a complementary moulding, the piece is finished with mats and optical-grade Plexiglas.

Subject Matter: Femme Portrait