Andy Warhol, ‘Billy Squier’, 1982, Gilden's Art Gallery

This original screenprint is a trial proof, presumably unique in this composition.
It was realised in 1982 but the edition was never published.
It is stamped verso by the estate of Andy Warhol and the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board, Inc. and numbered on the reserve "UP 41.93".

Note: “Went to Madison Square Garden (cab $4) to see Billy Squier, he was just going on. Backstage there were about fifty nude girls serving hot dogs and beer and mud wrestling. Took pictures, then realized I didn’t have film in the camera.” (A. Warhol, quoted in P. Hackett, The Andy Warhol Diaries, New York, 1989, p. 453)
The Rock musician Billy Squier commissioned Andy Warhol to create this print (See F. & S. IIIB.7) for the cover and inner sleeve of his 1982 album Emotions in Motion. It was based on polaroid prints that Warhol took in 1982.

Provenance: Estate of Andy Warhol.

This work is recorded in the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. It will also be included in the future Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné that is currently being compiled by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Condition: In very good condition. Minor nicks to the left and right lower edges. There are handling creases in the right of the image.

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