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Andy Warhol's Summer Portraits Up for Auction at Christie's: PHOTOS

BeachBoy

Lot 70
ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987) 
Fire Island Party 
dated 'Aug 02 1982' (on the reverse) 
unique gelatin silver print 
10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm.) 

Executed in 1982.
Estimate:  $2,000 – 3,000
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

Coinciding with the celebration of Pride this month, Christie's has announced an online-only auction of 200 photographs, prints and drawings by Andy Warhol that focus on the male nude. The pieces are available to bid on now through June 27 online (warning: link work-unfriendly). 

From Christie's:

"Throughout his career, Warhol depicted male nudes through photography or drawing, often using gay underground culture as his backdrop. His visual explorations of the complexity of sexuality and desire chronicle the momentous changes within the gay community in the late 20th century,when many young men were flocking to urban centers such as New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans from their suburban and rural hometowns. With the anonymity of the city came the opportunity for a subculture that was both self sustaining and self defining. Warhol himself moved from Pittsburgh to New York in the summer of 1949, and witnessed first hand both the blossoming of the gay community in the 1970s and the beginnings of the AIDS epidemic that battered the community in the 1980s."

Check out a few more images of works (a preview exclusive to Towleroad) that are up for auction AFTER THE JUMP...

"It's hard work to look like the complete opposite of what nature made you and then to be an imitation...of what was only a fantasy...in the first place."
— Andy Warhol

Shades

Lot 71
ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987) 
Man at Pool Party 
dated 'Aug 02 1982' (on the reverse) 
unique gelatin silver print 
10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm.) 
Executed in 1982.
Estimate:  2,000 – 3,000
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

 

HaringWarhol

Lot 186
ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987) 
Jon Gould and Keith Haring on Beach 
unique gelatin silver print 
10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm.) 
Executed in 1984.
Estimate:  $3,000 – 5,000
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

 

FireIslandPoolParty

Lot 179
ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987) 
Fire Island Party 
dated 'Aug 02 1982' (on the reverse) 
two unique gelatin silver prints 

each: 8 x 10 in. (20.3 x 25.4 cm.) 
Executed in 1982.
Estimate:  $3,000 – 5,000
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

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  1. Andy Warhol is the most overrated artist of the 20th century.

    Posted by: andrew | Jun 18, 2013 9:44:23 PM


  2. Too popular with the public, andrew? Or too esteemed by academe? Or maybe too much media exposure? Anybody would count themselves fortunate to have Warhol' s kind of success. Art is difficult, so maybe the problem is the apparent ease with which he attained it? But that's grace, making it seem easy, which makes him all the greater.

    Posted by: Steve | Jun 18, 2013 10:06:36 PM


  3. Sigh and ugh, Andrew -- shut up.

    Posted by: ArkArk | Jun 18, 2013 10:20:56 PM


  4. Have to agree with Andrew. Nothing very deep there.

    Posted by: jleo71 | Jun 18, 2013 11:11:01 PM


  5. You know nothing about Warhol, you 21st century twirps. Sorry if you weren't "born yet" to understand anything. You were born late on purpose-- to be the brain dead assholes. You missed everything.
    That pretty much sums it up. Oh, but you've got your equality. The "right" of being like everyone else.

    Posted by: gb | Jun 19, 2013 2:05:53 AM


  6. My sister saw Warhol's 'Sleep' when it first came out in 1964. It's a film of a guy sleeping for 5 hours. She didn't like it walked out. I can't wait until all Warhol fans are dead so we can return to quality art.

    Posted by: Kev C | Jun 19, 2013 2:23:24 AM


  7. Surely none of Warhol's work approaches the genius of the selfies "andrew" posts day on his Facebook page, but I think these are some of Andy's best photographs. From the pride parade to the beautiful young men with whom he loved to be surrounded ... I may have to change my plan to go to the Ausatralian Open this January and bid on a couple.

    Posted by: Mark | Jun 19, 2013 2:34:03 AM


  8. I like Warhol's photographs, but they aren't what he's known for so it's unfair to base your opinion of him as an artist on his photos.

    You also can't base your opinion of him on the fact that you've seen his style duplicated a million times since by other artists or in advertising, you have to look at it from the art historical perspective. He took the mundane then blew it up and made people really notice it and pay attention, creating a commentary on the mass production of images and how pop culture is based on repetition of those images.

    The films and his stable of Factory "stars" was more along the lines of performance art. Someone didn't want to watch a film of someone sleeping for 5 hours? I'm not surprised. Neither would I. The films are less interesting than the idea behind them, that certain people are STARS because the media says they are, that fame and stardom are an artificial construct created to sell you toothpaste, the carrot to lure you in.

    I'd be the first to admit that Warhol coasted on his fame from the 70s on and got lazy, producing "portrait" after portrait in an easily copied style, very few of them truly interesting or inspired. He became a professional Famous Artist though even that, when combined with his previous work about the nature of celebrity and pop culture, had an air of performance art to it.

    But none of that takes away from the fact that he DID bring something new to the table, a way of looking at "fame," media, and pop culture. That the Warhol "look" is easily copied is beside the point; he did it first and in grand style. He may be the last artist to be famous, a household word, to that degree.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jun 19, 2013 8:28:01 AM


  9. Andy Warhol is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. You may not like his art, but to say he is overrated is to be ignorant of the effect he has had on thousands of other artists, design, and pop culture.

    Posted by: Mawm | Jun 19, 2013 8:40:54 AM


  10. @Caliban-Thanks for the education on Warhol.
    Very interesting.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Jun 19, 2013 11:32:16 AM


  11. @Mark: "the selfies "andrew" posts day on his Facebook page" What??? I don't have a Facebook page!

    Posted by: andrew | Jun 19, 2013 11:42:51 AM


  12. My college art professor took me outside of the class and told me I had the best art interpretation of any student. Finding meaning in everything can do that.

    Posted by: Beebs | Jun 19, 2013 2:58:36 PM


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