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    Sale 1904

    Post War and Contemporary Art Morning Session

    14 November 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 211

    Andy Warhol (1928-1987)

    Portrait of Marjorie Copley

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    Andy Warhol (1928-1987)
    Portrait of Marjorie Copley
    signed and dated 'Andy Warhol 1980' (on the overlap)
    synthetic polymer and silkscreen inks on canvas
    40 x 40 in. (101.6 x 101.6 cm.)
    Painted in 1980.


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    Monday, October 27, 1980
    "I had to meet Marjorie Copley, who was having her picture taken for a portrait. Rupert was the makeup person. She's light, her hair was in pigtails and she took them out and it went down to her ass, she'd just washed it and it smelled good. We had lunch. She's going to school. She was a science major but she wasn't smart enough and now she wants to do social sciences and I told her oh no. Bill looks great. The only thing that we're still worried about is that she did fire all the people who worked for him. She didn't seem pushy or tough like I expected, though. She just did whatever I asked her to. She was nice."
    (Andy Warhol, The Warhol Diaries, New York, 1989, p. 339)

    Marjorie Copley was the wife of the American Pop/Surrealist painter William (Bill) Copley. William Copley was a talented surrealist who began his professional life as a dealer of classic Surrealist work by artists such as Max Ernst and Rene Magritte; his second career as a painter started later in his early thirties. Early on it was apparent to Copley that his style was at odds with the styles that held court in New York in the 1950's prompting the artist to leave for France where his patterning and surrealist imagery would be better understood and appreciated. He returned to America in 1961 to find his work newly appreciated in the realm of Pop-Art whose ideas and influences were beginning to solidify at that time and found himself enjoying the company of Andy Warhol and his contemporaries. Warhol's observations and opinions of William and Marjorie Copley can be found in the pages of The Warhol Diaries.

    Provenance

    William Copley, New York, acquired from the artist
    Acquired from the above by the present owner


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note this lot is referenced in: T. Shafrazi, Andy Warhol Portraits, London, 2007, pp. 199 and 308 (illustrated in color).


    Literature

    T. Shafrazi, Andy Warhol Portraits, London, 2007, pp. 199 and 308 (illustrated in color).