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    Sale 1998

    Post -War And Contemporary Art Morning Session

    14 May 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 229

    Andy Warhol (1928-1987)

    Portrait of Ina Ginsburg

    Price Realised  

    Andy Warhol (1928-1987)
    Portrait of Ina Ginsburg
    stamped with The Estate of Andy Warhol stamp and stamped twice with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts stamp and numbered 'P050.272' (on the overlap) and numbered twice 'P050.272' (on the stretcher)
    synthetic polymer and silkscreen inks on canvas
    40 x 40 in. (101.6 x 101.6 cm.)
    Painted in 1982.


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    Warhol's portraits deflect the documentary force of photography, glamourizing the evidence delivered by the lens, reimagining it in ways that can endow a simple headshot with the aura of an impossibly intense individuality. Each of these images presents a self that is completely aware of all that makes it recognizable, distinctive and mortal. That degree of self-consciousness is unattainable, can only be fictional, and yet is thoroughly intelligible. Moreover, it is urgently desirable. Who wouldn't want to live in a world where beautiful people are not simply beautiful but thoroughly alive to the quality, the setting, and the implications of their beauty? In a world like that, sex objects would be comparably alert to every nuance of their sexuality, and unmitigated awareness would mediate between artists and their art, intellectuals and their intellectuality, dealers and their entrepreneurial impulses. A world like that would be a utopia of sorts, and Warhol's portraits picture its inhabitants" (C. Ratcliff, "Looking Good: Andy Warhol's Utopian Portraiture," Andy Warhol Portraits, London 2007, p. 21).

    Provenance

    The Estate of Andy Warhol and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York
    Private collection, Spain


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note the provenance is:
    The Estate of Andy Warhol and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York
    Private collection, Spain


    Exhibited

    Madrid, La Casa Encendida, Warhol Portrayed, November 2007-January 2008, p. 277 (illustrated in color).