Bold Red Art for Your Home
Synthetic polymer and silkscreen ink on manila. This work is registered with The Andy Warhol Foundation as a painting.
46,4 x 37,6 cm. Unframed size.
Similar work on manila is depicted in The Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonne Vol 02A on page 948.
When Andy Warhol learned that President John F. Kennedy had died on November 22nd 1963, the first thing the artist said was "well, let's get to work." Warhol was fascinated by JFK's assassination and the media coverage of the event. He later observed, "It didn't bother me that much that he was dead. What bothered me was the way television and radio were programming everyone to feel so sad. It seemed no matter how hard you tried, you couldn't get away from the thing."
But Warhol did not depict the assassination of the President in his paintings. Instead, he chose to focus on the president's wife Jackie Kennedy. He picked out images of the First Lady that were taken shortly before and after her husband's death and cropped them to zoom in on her face. He then screen-printed them onto canvases. and the resulting portraits display a range of emotions—from Jackie smiling while wearing a pillbox hat, to her inscrutable expression, obscured by a black veil, on the day of her husband's funeral. Each image is on a different colored canvas and the screen printing process left some of the impressions in bold black ink, and others blurry.
Warhol painted multiple images of Jackie Kennedy throughout his career, and while many of them celebrated her as an American icon, the images of her that he created shortly after her husband's death resonate deeply with sadness, not only for the president's death but also for the commodification of the first lady's grief.
Acquired by the former owner directly from the artist in 1967.
The work was requested for examination by Thomas Ammann Art in 1988
In 1996 the work was examined by Georg Frei from The Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonne.
In 1998 The Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonne confirms by writing that the work is registered in their archives. Comes with the written correspondance.
Phillips Auction London.
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
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