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Andy Warhol
Ladies and Gentlemen

1974

$11,400

About

In the mid-1970's Andy Warhol was arguably in a creative lull. He had produced countless portrait paintings of celebrities, politicians and society characters. Many of these works were lucrative commissions (rather than new inspiration). Subverting his typical clientele, Warhol sent his sidekick/studio manager Bob Colacello to the roughest, seediest part of NYC to recruit some fresh subjects. Colacello procured Drag Queens from a bar called "The Gilded Grape" at the corner of 8th Avenue and 45th Street. The queens were paid $50 each to have Warhol take polaroid portraits of them. In total Warhol shot 14 Queens producing around 500 photographs. He worked with a number of the subjects to select the sitter's best image. Using a similar technique as his celebrity portraits, Warhol used the polaroids to first made silkscreen paintings and later that year a series of prints with his favorite images. Until 2014 these glamorous subjects were anonymous. Research sponsored by the artist's estate was able to identify and create biographies for 13 out of 14 of the sitters. In 2020 the Tate (London) presented a major retrospective on Andy Warhol. His "Ladies and Gentlemen" paintings were place prominently in the exhibition and the Tate promoted the research and results of the Drag Queen's featured. Until recently "Ladies & Gentlemen" had been undervalued in the Warhol market. Perhaps because of an ongoing fascination with New York in the late 1970's and a new mainstream interest/respect in Drag, "Ladies & Gentlemen" has become highly desirable in the marketplace. Furthermore they demonstrate the importance of Black/Latinx queer culture of the era, and its influence on Andy Warhol.

Details

  • Artist
    Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987, American)
  • Creation Year
    1974
  • Dimensions
    Height: 4.5 in. (11.43 cm)Width: 3.5 in. (8.89 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
    Unique polaroid print Estate's embossed signature Framed with museum glass Very good condition. Provenance: Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / the Estate of Andy Warhol, Christie's Private Sal.
  • Gallery Location
    Toronto, CA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 10-201stDibs: LU21526898352

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About Andy Warhol (Artist)

The name of American artist Andy Warhol is all but synonymous with Pop art, the movement he helped shape in the 1960s. He is known for his clever appropriation of motifs and images from popular advertising and commercials, which he integrated into graphic, vibrant works that utilized mass-production technologies such as printmaking, photography and silkscreening. Later in his career, he expanded his oeuvre to include other forms of media, founding Interview magazine and producing fashion shoots and films on-site at the Factory, his world-famous studio in New York.


     Born and educated in in Pittsburgh, Warhol moved to New York City in 1949 and built a successful career as a commercial illustrator. Although he made whimsical drawings as a hobby during these years, his career as a fine artist began in the mid-1950s with ink-blot drawings and hand-drawn silkscreens. The 1955 lithograph You Can Lead a Shoe to Water illustrates how he incorporated in his artwork advertising styles and techniques, in this case shoe commercials.


     As a child, Warhol was often sick and spent much of his time in bed, where he would make sketches and put together collections of movie-star photographs. He described this period as formative in terms of his skills and interests. Indeed, Warhol remained obsessed with celebrities throughout his career, often producing series devoted to a famous face or an object from the popular culture, such as Chairman Mao or Campbell’s tomato soup. The1967 silkscreen Marilyn 25 embodies his love of bright color and famous subjects.


     Warhol was a prominent cultural figure in New York during the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. The Factory was a gathering place for the era’s celebrities, writers, drag queens and fellow artists, and collaboration was common. To this day, Warhol remains one of the most important artists of the 20th century and continues to exert influence on contemporary creators.

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