Andy Warhol, ‘Untitled (Self-Portrait)’, 1969, Artificial Gallery

Self-published, 1969. Unique image produced by Andy Warhol on one of the first coin-operated photostat machines in the School of Visual Arts Art Supply Store, (New York). An early example of this art form that became more prolific with the xerox machine in the 1970's. (Basquiat used a number of xerox images in his paintings). This image depicts Warhol with his face pressed against the glass of the machine and his hand showing, an almost ghost-like apparition of Warhol that forsees his long sequence of paintings about death, fame and mortality that he began making in the late 1970s. Warhol was a great lover of technology and was an early user of the Amiga. He appeared at the launch where he made a computer artwork of Debbie Harry. Warhol used the Amiga to create a new style of art made with computers, and was the author of a multimedia opera called "you are the one" which consists of an animated sequence featuring images of actress Marilyn Monroe assembled in a short movie with a soundtrack (that video was discovered on two old Amiga floppies in a drawer in Warhol's studio and repaired in 2006 by the Detroit Museum of New Art). The pop artist has been quoted as saying: "The thing I like most about doing this kind of work on the Amiga is that it looks like my work in other media". This early work is not merely a portrait of Warhol the man but also an early insight into Warhol the icon and phenomenon. Warhol’s self-portraits are among the most iconic, moving and ultimately profound works of his entire career, and indeed amongst his most highly prized. This is the earliest known work in that genre (and authenticated/stamped by the AWAB, with accompanying letter). It is signed by Warhol (recto) and dedicated to 'Don', the owner of the School of Visual Arts Art Supply Store) and additionally dated, in blue pen.

Authenticated/stamped by the AWAB, with accompanying COA.

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