Andy Warhol, ‘Mercedes-Benz Formel-1-Rennwagen W125 ’, 2007, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Andy Warhol, ‘Mercedes-Benz Formel-1-Rennwagen W125 ’, 2007, Fairhead Fine Art Limited

With a stamp ‘Original Licensed Product Andy Warhol Cars for ArtMerchandising & Media AG © Andy Warhol Foundation/DaimlerChrysler AG’
With a stamp: “Official Limited Edition of 1000. Cars PP2/1000 c Andy WarholFpoundation Daimler Chrysler AG
With the copyright annotation in the lower margin ‘© Andy Warhol Foundation/DaimlerChrysler AG / Licensed by ArtMerchandising & Media AG,
Note: Warhol began incorporating vehicles into his works in the 1960s and his “Cars” series was one of Warhol’s last commissions. The “Cars” series, of which this print is an example, was commissioned by art dealer Hans Mayer, who then took the paintings to Mercedes-Benz. Mercedes-Benz subsequently commissioned Warhol to reproduce cars from the company’s history, providing the artist with photographs off of which he would base his silkscreens. But from the planned 80 works and the subjects would be of of Daimlers 20 most important cars. Warhol died in 1987 and at the time of his death had only completed 35 silkscreens and 12 large scale drawings. They were his last works. This posthumous print, authorised by the Warhol Foundation shows the Mercedes-Benz Formel-1-Rennwagen W125. The 47 pieces belong to the Daimler Art Collection and,according to Der Spiegel for the first time since 1988 they are being shown together to the public. This past January, the Albertina Museum in Vienna opened the exhibition “Andy Warhol. Cars,” which also includes works by Robert Longo, Vincent Szarek and Sylvie Fleury, totaling 60 pieces. There was a recent showing of this series in the Albertina Museum in Vienna. According to the museum, the connection between Warhol and the Daimler commission reflected more than marketing prowess. The Museum notes that while cars “emerged sporadically” in the works of Italian Futurists, it wasn’t until the 1960s that the automobile “became a motif in its own right.” And artists like Warhol and Tom Wassermann were on the forefront of that movement.

Series: Cars

Signature: blind stamp artist's signature

Publisher: teNeues Verlag, Kempen, Germany, 2007.

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