Andy Warhol, ‘ABSOLUT (Limited Edition of only 50). Provenance: Estate of Anne Cole’, 1985, Alpha 137 Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘ABSOLUT (Limited Edition of only 50). Provenance: Estate of Anne Cole’, 1985, Alpha 137 Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘ABSOLUT (Limited Edition of only 50). Provenance: Estate of Anne Cole’, 1985, Alpha 137 Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘ABSOLUT (Limited Edition of only 50). Provenance: Estate of Anne Cole’, 1985, Alpha 137 Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘ABSOLUT (Limited Edition of only 50). Provenance: Estate of Anne Cole’, 1985, Alpha 137 Gallery

This very rare vintage, color offset lithograph was produced exclusively as a special gift in a limited edition of only 50 for Carillon executives Absolut Vodka’s distributor, celebrities and VIPS. This particular work has fine provenance as it was acquired from the Beverly Hills Estate of Ann Cole - the legendary American women's swimwear designer. At the time, this work was not made available to the general public or sold in the open market. Highly collectible print done in Warhol's lifetime. Although the edition was 50 - this rarely appears on the open market. (In fact, other than this very one, we have only seen another edition with the plate signature at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art collection.) In 1985 Warhol became the first artist commissioned to create a portrait of the Absolut Vodka bottle in what would become one of the most successful advertising campaigns of the twentieth century. Following the triumph of the 'Absolut Warhol' ads, the president of the company that owned Absolut, Michael Roux, encouraged Warhol to suggest other artists which could be used in the campaign. Over the years more than three hundred and fifty artists have been commissioned, including Keith Haring, Ed Ruscha, Damien Hirst, Spike Jonze, Swedish House Mafia and Lady Gaga. In 1988, alongside the famous names, Roux also began to select less well-known artists, viewing the commission as an opportunity to launch their career. Interestingly, although Warhol never usually drank alcohol, he did use Absolut as a perfume.
A rare and stunning find. Framed in an elegant plexiglass shadow box frame -- ready to hang.

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Signature: Artist authorized plate signature, upper right recto

Publisher: Printed by Rupert Jason Smith, New York, published by Carillon Importers, Ltd., New Jersey

Estate of (swimwear designer) Ann Cole of Beverly Hills, CA

About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York