Andy Warhol, ‘Reel Basquiat’, Christie's

Andy Warhol (1928-1987)

Reel Basquiat

stamped three times with the Estate of Andy Warhol Stamp, stamped twice with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. stamp and numbered 'PO50.870' (on the overlap)

synthetic polymer and silkscreen ink on canvas

90 x 70 in. (228.5 x 177.8 cm.)

Painted in 1984.

Signature: stamped three times with the Estate of Andy Warhol Stamp, stamped twice with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. stamp and numbered 'PO50.870' (on the overlap)

Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art; London, Anthony d'Offay and Düsseldorf, Achenbach Kunsthandel, Andy Warhol: Portraits of the Seventies and Eighties, 1993-1994, no. 39 (illustrated in color).

Dublin, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Beyond the Pale—Art and Artists on the Edge of Consensus, September 1994-February 1995, p. 34 (illustrated in color).

The Estate of Andy Warhol and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., New York

Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London

Private collection, Livingston, Montana

Anon. sale; Christie's, New York, 8 May 2012, lot 61

Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

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