Andy Warhol, ‘Eric Emerson, 1982 (#287, Chelsea Girls)’, 1982, Martin Lawrence Galleries

Long fascinated with cameras and filmmaking techniques, Andy Warhol was a prolific filmmaker. The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts estimates that he made nearly 600 films and 2500 videos during his lifetime. Of those, few were profitable although the screenings were sold out.

In 1966 Warhol and Paul Morrissey directed an underground film that would go on to become Warhol’s most commercially successful. Filmed at the landmark Chelsea Hotel, Chelsea Girls followed some of the historic hotel’s residents through their day-to-day lives. Among Warhol’s Factory friends featured in the film was Eric Emerson. Emerson was a ballet dancer, an actor and a member of the Magic Tramps, a glam punk band who arrived on the New York art scene in 1971. Chelsea Girls was his debut in Warhol’s films but he also starred in Lonesome Cowboys, San Diego Surf and Heat before his untimely death in 1975 at the age of 29.

In 1970, Warhol withdrew his films from distribution and today ownership is held by the Andy Warhol Foundation with rights given to the warhol, MoMA and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among other institutions. This unique proof of a film still from Chelsea Girls has been stamped by the Foundation and authenticated as a Warhol work. It is outside the edition and interestingly, features registration marks from the printing process. As Warhol’s films are not available on the commercial market and can generally only be accessed in museum collections, this screenprint provides the rare opportunity to own a piece of Andy Warhol’s filmmaking oeuvre.

A unique proof apart from the edition of 75, 13 artist proofs and 24 HC. Published by Anthology Film Archives to commemorate the conversion of New York City’s Second Avenue Court House into the new home of Anthology Film Archives, the first museum dedicated to avant-garde film and video. Stamped by the Warhol Authentication Board.

Image rights: Martin Lawrence Galleries

Publisher: Andy Warhol; Porter-Wiener Studio, New York.

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