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  • Design Credit: Kacy Ellis, Photo Credit: Wynn Myers. Dimensions: H 14.5 in. x W 11.5 in.
  • Design Credit: Jeremiah Brent Design, Photo Credit: Nicole Franzen. Dimensions: H 14.5 in. x W 11.5 in.
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Andy Warhol
Nicola (Nicky) Weymouth

1975

$7,500

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Andy Warhol Nicola (Nicky) Weymouth, ca. 1975 Acetate positive acquired directly from Andy Warhol's printer in the 1970s. Accompanied by a Letter of Provenance and Authenticity from the representative of Chromacomp 14 1/2 × 11 1/2 inches This is the original, unique photographic acetate positive taken by Andy Warhol as the basis for his portrait of Nicky Weymouth, that came from Warhol's studio, The Factory to his printer. It was acquired directly from Chromacomp, Inc. Andy Warhol's printer in the 1970s. It is accompanied by a Letter of Provenance and Authenticity from the representative of Chromacomp. This is one of the images used by Andy Warhol to create his iconic portrait of the socialite Nicola Weymouth, also called Nicky Weymouth, Nicky Waymouth or Nicky Lane Weymouth. Weymouth (nee Samuel) was a British socialite, who went on to briefly marry the jewelry designer Kenneth Lane, whom she met through Warhol. This acetate positive is unique, and was sent to Chromacomp because Warhol was considering, but ultimately didn't, make a silkscreen out of this portrait. As Bob Colacello, right hand man to Andy Warhol), explained, many hands were involved in the rather mechanical silkscreening process, but only Andy in all the years I knew him, worked on the acetates. An acetate is a photographic negative or positive transferred to a transparency, allowing an image to be magnified and projected onto a screen. As only Andy worked on the acetates, it was the last original step prior to the screenprinting of an image, and the most important element in Warhol's creative process for silkscreening. Warhol realized the value of his unique original acetates like this one, and is known to have traded the acetates for valuable services. This acetate was brought by Warhol to Eunice and Jackson Lowell, owners of Chromacomp, a fine art printing studio, and was acquired directly from the Lowell's private collection.

Details

  • Creator
    Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987, American)
  • Creation Year
    1975
  • Dimensions
    Height: 14.5 in (36.83 cm)Width: 11.5 in (29.21 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
    unevenly cut by Warhol; in the condition with uneven edges as delivered by Warhol; any "damage" was caused by Warhol handling and cutting it (see photo especially edges). Image of Nicky itself is gorgeous and this will frame out.
  • Gallery Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1745210857982

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About the Artist

Andy Warhol

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, Warhol 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. The 1967 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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