Andy Warhol, ‘Gun’, 1981-1982, Heritage Auctions
Andy Warhol, ‘Gun’, 1981-1982, Heritage Auctions
Andy Warhol, ‘Gun’, 1981-1982, Heritage Auctions

Framed: 21.5in x 25.5in x 0in

In 1968 Andy Warhol was shot and critically injured by Valerie Solanas. Warhol never fully recovered mentally nor physically from the attack. Gun depicts an image that relates to the .32 snub-nosed pistol that Solanas used while attempting to murder the artist. "When you hurt another person, you never know how much it pains. Since I was shot, everything is such a dream to me. I don't know what anything is about. Like, I don't know whether I'm alive or whether I died. I wasn't afraid before. And having been dead once, I shouldn't feel fear. But I am afraid. I don't understand why." -Andy Warhol

Signature: Double stamped by the Estate of Andy Warhol and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. on the reverse

Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

The Estate of Andy Warhol and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York; Private collection, acquired from the above; Christie's Hong Kong.

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