For the Marilyn Monroe Portfolio, each image was printed from five screens: one that carried the photographic image and four for different areas of color, sometimes printed off-register. About repetitions Warhol said, “The more you look at the same exact thing, the more the meaning goes away, and the better and emptier you feel.” For Warhol mass-reproduction was intrinsic to his art, it questioned the value of the ‘original’ as each screen print was unique in its context and coloring.
Undeniably Warhol has had a persistent impact on culture, society and of course the visual arts. Since his death in 1987 his market has held – strong and consistent – even as interest in other Pop icons like Tom Wesselmann and James Rosenquist has ebbed and flowed. Born Andrew Warhola, the artist’s mononymous moniker ‘Warhol’ is synonymous with Pop art – a movement that emerged out of the US and UK in the late 50’s. Secondary market sales and recent auctions have seen complete portfolios of signed prints realize upwards of $750,000 USD at auction with single signed Silkscreens reaching over $200,000 USD.
Andy Warhol (b.1928), American Eagle, 1983, framed: 42 x 42 inches, Silkscreen with glitter on Lenox museum board, Printer’s Proof. Available at Russell Collection Fine Art for $5,500.
Opening on June 20th from 6-8pm, Life is Beautiful: Andy Warhol & Mr. Brainwash, includes a collection of Warhol unsigned Silkscreen prints that is uniquely diverse in its representation of 7 different Portfolios. Each work was printed by Rupert Jasen Smith, New York – the official printer listed in Andy Warhol Prints: Catalogue Raisonne 1962-1987. In addition to those pictured here, works include Chanel No. 5, Superman, Geronimo, Bald Eagle, The Star and more… Both a statement and investment piece, these works are priced at an amazing value and would make a notable addition for either a discerning collector or a first-time art buyer.
Andy Warhol (b.1928), The Star (Greta Garbo), 1981, framed: 42 x 42 inches, Silkscreen with diamond dust, Unsigned and Unnumbered. Available at Russell Collection Fine Art for $7,950.