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.