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    Sale 1904

    Post War and Contemporary Art Morning Session

    14 November 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 190

    Andy Warhol (1928-1987)

    Portrait of Marlene

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    Andy Warhol (1928-1987)
    Portrait of Marlene
    two signed and dated 'Andy Warhol 1980' (on the overlap) and two signed and dated 'Andy Warhol 79-80' (on the overlap)
    four canvases--synthetic polymer and silkscreen inks on canvas
    each: 40 x 40 in. (101.6 x 101.6 cm.)
    Painted in 1979-1980.

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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).

    These four stunning portraits of Marlene, a German art collector, divinely express the relationship Warhol had with his portrait paintings. He has successfully depicted the sexy and glamorous Marlene; her fifteen minutes of fame have been validated and immortalized within these four canvases.


    Acquired from the artist by the present owner

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    Please note the literature reference mentioned in the catalogue for this lot is incorrect.

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