ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987)
ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987)
ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987)
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ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987)

Sidney Janis [Eight Works]

ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987)
Sidney Janis [Eight Works]
stamped variously with the Estate of Andy Warhol and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. stamps and numbered respectively 'VF PO60.126, VF PO60.130, VF PO60.141, VF PO60.144, VF PO60.145, VF PO60.150, VF PO60.151, VF PO60.152' (on the overlap of each canvas)
acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas, in eight parts
each: 8 x 8 in. (20.3 x 20.3 cm.)
overall: 16 1⁄8 x 32 1⁄8 in. (41.1 x 81.7 cm.)
Painted in 1967.
Estate of Andy Warhol, New York
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2006
G. Frei and N. Printz, eds., The Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné: Paintings and Sculptures 1964-1969, vol. 2B, New York, 2004, pp. 330, 331, 337, 338, 342 and 343, nos. 1996, 2010, 2002, 2021, 2003, 2023, 2007, 2024 (illustrated).
East Hampton, Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, Pollock's Champions, July-October 2014, pp. 20 and 28 (illustrated).

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Lot Essay

Painted in 1967, Sidney Janis is Andy Warhol’s personal tribute to the legendary collector and dealer who did much to develop and sustain his early career. Screened in a verdant combination of green and white, Warhol depicts images of Janis from childhood through to adulthood, providing a touching visual biography of one of the most important figures in the 20th century art history. Building on his earlier paintings of Hollywood stars Elizabeth Taylor and Elvis Presley, in this 1967 work, Warhol continues his interrogation into the nature of mass media and photography by repeating and reproducing images over several canvases. In 1962, Sidney Janis organized what is considered to be the first ever exhibition of Pop Art, an exhibition which prominently featured the work of a young artist called Andy Warhol. As such, Sidney Janis become a very personal and fitting tribute to two of the postwar artistic canons towering figures.

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