Andy Warhol, ‘Baby Jane Holzer ’, ca. 1974, Alpha 137 Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Baby Jane Holzer ’, ca. 1974, Alpha 137 Gallery

This unique photographic negative with hand coloring by Andy Warhol depicts Jane Holzer, considered one of Andy Warhol’s first superstars, who was discovered while modeling for Vogue. Warhol used this acetate to create his color silkscreen print of Holzer. The Pop artist would transfer the acetate to a transparency, allowing an image to be magnified and projected onto a screen. This portrait has superb provenance as it came directly from Andy Warhol's studio, The Factory, to Warhol's printer. This acetate was delivered by Warhol to Eunice and Jackson Lowell, owners of Chromacomp, a fine art printing studio in New York City. During the 1970s and 1980s, Chromacomp was the premier atelier for fine art limited edition silkscreen prints; Chromacomp was the largest studio producing fine art prints in the world for artists such as Andy Warhol, LeRoy Neiman, Erté, Robert Natkin, Larry Zox, David Hockney and many more. All of the plates were done by hand and in some cases photographically. This work features rouge paste (the red markings) that Warhol himself applied.

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Signature: Accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from the representative of the Lowell family, owners of Chromacomp, Inc., Andy Warhol's printer, which received this work directly from Warhol

Acquired directly from Andy Warhol's printer, Chromacomp, Inc.

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