Andy Warhol, ‘Portrait of Roy Lichtenstein (Authenticated and stamped by the Estate of Andy Warhol/Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts)’, 1975, Alpha 137 Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Portrait of Roy Lichtenstein (Authenticated and stamped by the Estate of Andy Warhol/Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts)’, 1975, Alpha 137 Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Portrait of Roy Lichtenstein (Authenticated and stamped by the Estate of Andy Warhol/Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts)’, 1975, Alpha 137 Gallery

Own a unique and very special piece of Pop Art history. This is unique polaroid dye diffiusion color photograph taken by one Pop Art Legend of his most formidable contemporary and rival. Authenticated by the Estate of Andy Warhol/The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Estate Stamped: Stamped with the Andy Warhol Estate, Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts stamp, numbered "B 512536P", with the Estate of Andy Warhol stamp and inscribed UP on the reverse. Bears the Warhol Foundation unique inventory number. This is a rare Polaroid photograph taken by Pop artist Andy Warhol of his contemporary, Pop art pioneer Roy Lichtenstein, in the mid 1970s. Both iconic artists, colleagues and rivals, were represented at the time by the legendary Leo Castelli Gallery. The truth is - they were really more rivals than friends. (the rivalry intensified when Warhol, who was working with Walt Disney, discovered that Lichtenstein painted Mickey Mouse before he did!!) Castelli was committed to Roy Lichtenstein, and wasn't that interested in Warhol; Fortunately, Ivan Carp (who worked at Castelli) was interested, as were some powerful European dealers, as well as many wealthy and influential Americans and Europeans. That was the start of Warhol's bypassing the traditional gallery model.

Warhol is known to have taken hundreds of self-portrait polaroid photographs - shoe boxes full - and he took many dozens of images of celebrities like Blondie and Farrah Fawcett. BUT only a handful of photographic portraits of fellow Pop Art legend Roy Lichtenstein -- each unique,- are known to have appeared on the market over the past half a century - all from the same photo session. This is one of them. There is another Polaroid - from this same (and only) sitting, in the permanent collection of the Getty Museum in California. Here is the link to the Getty's image:

http://www.getty.edu/art/collection/objects/125799/andy-warhol-portrait-of-roy-lichtenstein-american-1975/

This rare work is a must have for true fans and collectors of both Warhol and Lichtenstein. A valuable collectors' item; an amazing conversation piece and a true piece of American Pop Art history. There really weren't any other collaborations between these two titans, making the results from this photo session extraordinary. It is fascinating to study Roy Lichtenstein's face and demeanor in this photograph, in the context of considering the great sense of competition, but indeed respect, these two famous and larger than life Pop artists had for each others' success - one Jewish and one Catholic - had for each other.

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Signature: Estate Stamped: Stamped with the Andy Warhol Estate, Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts stamp, numbered "B 512536P", with the Estate of Andy Warhol stamp and inscribed UP on the reverse. Bears the Warhol Foundation unique inventory number.

Another print from the same photo shoot, also acquired from the Warhol Foundation and in the collection of the Getty Museum, was exhibited at the following venues:
Nadar/Warhol: Paris/New York (July 20, 1999 to May 28, 2000)
The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 20 to October 10, 1999
The Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh), November 6, 1999 to January 30, 2000
The Baltimore Museum of Art (Baltimore), March 12 to May 28, 2000
Ten Years In Focus: The Artist and the Camera (March 18 to August 10, 2008)
The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 18 to August 10, 2008

The edition in the Getty Museum from the same photo shoot, was featured in this publication:

Baldwin, Gordon, and Judith Keller. Nadar Warhol: Paris New York: Photography and Fame. Introduction by Richard Brilliant. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1999), p. 168.

Authenticated and Stamped by the Estate of Andy Warhol/Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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

About Andy Warhol