Andy Warhol, ‘Rorschach’, Christie's

Andy Warhol (1928-1987)


signed and dated 'Andy Warhol 85' (on the overlap of each element)

diptych - acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas

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

(2)Painted in 1985.

Signature: signed and dated 'Andy Warhol 85' (on the overlap of each element)

Paris, Renos Xippas Gallery, The Painted Desert, June 1991 (illustrated in brochure).

Alexander Iolas, Athens

Renos Xippas, Paris

Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco

Private collection, New York

Anon. sale; Christie's, New York, 13 November 2007, lot 35

Private collection, Warren, New Jersey

Anon. sale; Christie's, London, 28 June 2011, 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