Andy Warhol, ‘Portrait of Georgia O`keeffe’, 1979, MultiplesInc Projects
Andy Warhol, ‘Portrait of Georgia O`keeffe’, 1979, MultiplesInc Projects
Andy Warhol, ‘Portrait of Georgia O`keeffe’, 1979, MultiplesInc Projects
Andy Warhol, ‘Portrait of Georgia O`keeffe’, 1979, MultiplesInc Projects
Andy Warhol, ‘Portrait of Georgia O`keeffe’, 1979, MultiplesInc Projects
Andy Warhol, ‘Portrait of Georgia O`keeffe’, 1979, MultiplesInc Projects
Andy Warhol, ‘Portrait of Georgia O`keeffe’, 1979, MultiplesInc Projects
Andy Warhol, ‘Portrait of Georgia O`keeffe’, 1979, MultiplesInc Projects
Andy Warhol, ‘Portrait of Georgia O`keeffe’, 1979, MultiplesInc Projects
Andy Warhol, ‘Portrait of Georgia O`keeffe’, 1979, MultiplesInc Projects
Andy Warhol, ‘Portrait of Georgia O`keeffe’, 1979, MultiplesInc Projects
Andy Warhol, ‘Portrait of Georgia O`keeffe’, 1979, MultiplesInc Projects

Georgia O'Keeffe

Unique work.
Screenprint in gold and black with diamond dust, on Arches Aquarelle (Cold Pressed) paper, 1979, Unique work., with the 'The Estate of Andy Warhol' and 'Authorized by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts' inkstamps on the reverse and annotated 'UP43.60' in pencil

From Vertu Fine Art:

In 1979, the meeting of Pop Art icon Andy Warhol and another famous American artist, Georgia O’Keeffe, resulted in the Warhol production of a highly coveted series of diamond dust prints. At this point in time, when Georgia and Andy agreed to sit for one another, Ms. O’Keeffe had pretty much ceased her own creations, as her diminished eyesight had worsened and she was in her early nineties at the time. For Andy Warhol, despite meeting being a larger than life celebrity in 1979 and regularly meeting other celebrities – the opportunity to meet with Georgia O’Keeffe was still a big deal – as the two of them had solidified their positions at the top of the list of important American artists of the 20th century.

Warhol collectors, O’Keeffe collectors, art historians and enthusiasts all claim equal rights to be sincerely intrigued by the series of Georgia O’Keeffe portraits that Warhol produced as a variety of colored screenprints with diamond dust.

This Warhol portrait of Georgia O’Keeffe is simply grand and mesmerizing when seen in person. Photographic Images typically fail to do justice to works adorned with diamond dust and the many we’ve taken thus far are consistent with this digital media shortcoming.

The gold screenprint was acquired from a client who received it as a gift from the well-known Warhol printer Rupert Jasen Smith. This Warhol screenprint is a sight to behold, with its large stature, magnificent depth of color and sparkling diamond dust adornment. This work also represents a palpable sense of intrigue about the meeting and relationship of these two important Contemporary Art figures.

Not to imply that Andy and Georgia had much of a personal relationship with one another, as the two could not have been more different – in their approach to art, public perception and personal lifestyle. After all, Georgia was known best for her floral abstractions and landscapes; not to mention her personal wonderment of nature. Andy of course, was famous for helping to define Pop Art, with his cool and detached interpretations of commercialism, celebrity and the more artificial aspects of American life.

Personally, Georgia was known to be a loner, at home in her own skin, spending much of her time embracing the expanses of the great outdoors in New Mexico. Andy Warhol lived on the other end of the spectrum, chasing down all opportunities to be in the public eye, to hang out with the celebrities he admired and to be a part of the hip New York City social scene.

The intense differences in personal nature most certainly give the viewer fuel for considering the interaction between Andy and Georgia. Of their meeting in 1979, it’s been said that Andy Warhol suggested to Ms. O’Keeffe that perhaps contact lenses could help her deteriorating eyesight and that Georgia quickly dismissed the idea. At our Boca Raton gallery, viewers of this new Andy Warhol screenprint note a sense of stoic determination in the eyes of Georgia O’Keeffe. Indeed, Andy Warhol captured in a stoic pose the essence of a living legend, a woman who helped pave a road unlike any created by an American female artist prior.

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