Andy Warhol, ‘Committee 2000 (FS II.289)’, 1982, Revolver Gallery

This print is an example of Warhol’s modern take on the traditional “still life” painting, in which ordinary objects are depicted in order to display an artist’s virtuoso. The brilliant blue, purple and vibrant hot pink coloring of the piece established an extraordinary composition. The highly saturated colors are minimal in this particular print, and the exaggerated outlines of the subject matter imply a sense of movement. It is almost as if the glass had just tipped over with the other two perilously wobbling — the ground still buzzing with activity.

The Committee 2000 commissioned Andy Warhol to create a piece that would be used for an upcoming fundraiser to raise money for future projects. While these types of paintings were most popular during the Renaissance, Warhol incorporates the same theme, while applying a completely unique method to this genre of subject matter. The screenprint depicts champagne glasses, horns and confetti, which is divided by horizontal blocks of color. Whereas the traditional approach to the “still life” painting was to recreate a scene in a manner as realistic as possible, the geometric composition and repetitive demarcations are characteristic applications of Warhol’s version of the modern-day “still life.”

Signature: signed and numbered in pencil

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