Andy Warhol (1928-1987)
Property from the Estate of Alvin Dorksy
Andy Warhol (1928-1987)


Andy Warhol (1928-1987)
signed and dated 'Andy Warhol 64' (on the overlap)
synthetic polymer and silkscreen inks on canvas
8 1/8 x 8 1/8 in. (20.6 x 20.6 cm.)
Painted in 1964-1965.
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
David Pincus, Wynnewood
Acquired from the above by the present owner
G. Frei and N. Printz, The Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné: Paintings and Sculptures 1961-1963, New York, 2004, vol. 02B, pp. 101 and 122, no. 1655 (illustrated in color).
Philadelphia, Institute for Contemporary Art, Andy Warhol, October-November 1965.

Lot Essay

The present work was a gift from David and Gerry Pincus to their dear friend in Philadelphia, Alvin Dorksy.

David and Gerry Pincus were well known Philadelphia philanthropists and humanitarians who championed the needs of the world's most vulnerable children, religious freedom, and social causes world-wide. Early on they developed an interest in Contemporary Art, and began a significant and early connection with Andy Warhol in 1965 from their involvement with the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia where Warhol had his first one-man museum exhibition. They went on to acquire twenty Jackies and eight Little Electric Chairs from the exhibition; two Little Electric Chairs were later donated to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, along with four of the Jackies. Several eight-by-eight inch Flowers by Andy Warhol were also acquired from the exhibition, and they were often given as holiday presents to friends of the Pincuses at the time.

The eight inch Flowers are Warhol's most extensive Flower series and Warhol varied their color and technique extensively. Warhol consigned the eight inch Flowers to the Leo Castelli Galley in two segments, one in February and another in May1965. Flowers, 1965 was included in the second Castelli consignment in May 1965.

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