Andy Warhol, ‘Bird in a Cage and Shoe’, 1956, Gilden's Art Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Bird in a Cage and Shoe’, 1956, Gilden's Art Gallery

This is an original unique Ink drawing by Andy Warhol.
It was realised in circa 1956.
The work on the verso is a prortrait.

Throughout the 1950s as Warhol became more established in New York City he won numerous accolades and awards for his illustrations. Many would utilise the ink blot technique, which he pioneered in order to re-imagine a single image in many different ways. The technique involved blotting ink from tracing paper and appropriating the line.

The use of sketchbook paper adds to the air of creativity and bursts of colour mingle with gold paint and the faint outlines of half-imagined birds are both within and out of the birdcage. On the reverse there is a portrait of a man holding a telephone receiver, roughly drawn and with a fluid stroke of the pen, it embodies the personal glimpse of an artist’s inner workings, through the leaves of his sketchbook.

Provenance: Estate of Andy Warhol.
This work is recorded in the Andy Warhol Foundation for 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.
It is accompanied by the Certificate of Provenance from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Condition: There are two minor tears at the upper edge, at the centre and the upper right edge. There is a paper loss at the lower left corner. There is a repaired tear at the centre of the right edge. There are soft handling creases in the upper and lower left quadrants and two hard folds at the lower right corner. There is minor surface soiling intermittently throughout. There are remnants of adhesive from previous tape verso.

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