Andy Warhol, ‘Fragile–Handle With Care’, Christie's

Andy Warhol (1928-1987)

Fragile–Handle With Care

signed twice and dated twice 'Andy Warhol 1962 Andy Warhol 1962' (on the overlap)

silkscreen ink and graphite on canvas

41 3/4 x 69 1/4 in. (106 x 175.9 cm.)

Painted in 1962.

Signature: signed twice and dated twice 'Andy Warhol 1962 Andy Warhol 1962' (on the overlap)

London, Mayor Gallery, USA*USA, November-December 1976, no. 8 (illustrated in color).

London, Mayor Gallery, A Tribute to Leo Castelli, April-May 1985, no. 12 (illustrated in color).

G. Frei and N. Printz, eds., _The Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné: Paintings and Sculpture 1961-1963,_vol. 1, New York, 2002, pp. 152-153 and 158, no. 171 (illustrated in color).

Peter Brant, Greenwich

Mayor Gallery, London

Peter Palumbo, London

Mayor Gallery, London

Gagosian Gallery, New York

Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1997

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