Andy Warhol, ‘Aretha’, 1986, Artificial Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Aretha’, 1986, Artificial Gallery

Aretha Franklin is an R&B and soul legend whose career has spanned over 50 years and produced such hits as "Respect", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and "Think." With 18 Grammy Awards, 88 charted singles on Billboard, and over 75 million records sold, Franklin is one of the best-selling female artists of all time. Andy Warhol produced the album cover artwork for Franklin's 1986 album 'Aretha', a few months shy of his death in early 1987. This extraordinary text-based work comprises nine individual works on paper, each in the artist's own hand, spelling out the name 'Aretha' in different styles, with one sheet also containing Andy Warhol's own name in his own signature style, a total of 5 times [Sheet sizes: 2 5/8 x 11 5/8 in. (6.7 x 29.5 cm.); 8½ x 9 3/8 in. (21.6 x 23.8 cm.); 8½ x 11 in. (21.6 x 27.9 cm.); 8½ x 11 in. (21.6 x 27.9 cm.); 11 x 8½ in. (27.9 x 21.6 cm.); 13¼ x 9 3/8 in. (33.7 x 23.8 cm.); 13¼ x 9 3/8 in. (33.7 x 23.8 cm.); 11¾ x 11¾ in. (29.8 x 29.8 cm.); 20½ x 11¾ in. (52.1 x 29.8 cm.); 11 5/8 x 23 3/8 in. (29.5 x 58.7 cm.)]. (Sold with a Certificate of Provenance, indicating the work originates from the Estate of Andy Warhol, and thence, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts).

Estate of Andy Warhol

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, PA, United States, based in New York, NY, United States