Andy Warhol, ‘Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn)’, circa 1978, Christie's
Andy Warhol, ‘Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn)’, circa 1978, Christie's

A rare unpublished proof (there was no edition), with the artist's copyright stamp recto, printed by Rupert Jasen Smith, New York, the full sheet, with the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board Inc. stamp inscribed A135.095 on the reverse, some very pale staining, otherwise in very good condition
Image 460 x 356 mm., Sheet 569 x 444 mm.

From the Catalogue:
This screenprint was created in the late 1970s at approximately the same time as the artist's painted Reversal series.

'Warhol’s Reversals recapitulate his portraits of famous faces but with the tonal values reversed. As if the spectator was looking at photographic negatives, highlighted faces have gone dark while former shadows now rush forward. The reversed Marilyns, especially, have a lurid otherworldly glow, as if illuminated by internal footlights’

(David Bourdon in Warhol, New York, 1989, p. 378.)

The source image of Monroe was taken from a publicity photograph for the 1953 film Niagara, which Warhol also used to create his 1967 Marilyn portfolio and many painted depictions of the actress.
—Courtesy of Christie's

Feldman & Schellmann IIIA.3

This work is accompanied by the letter from the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board, Inc.

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, PA, United States, based in New York, NY, United States