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

"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.

Comments

  1. Steve says

    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.

  2. gb says

    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.

  3. Kev C says

    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.

  4. Mark says

    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.

  5. Caliban says

    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.

  6. Mawm says

    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.

  7. Beebs says

    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.

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