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  • Andy Warhol Van Heusen (Ronald Reagan)

    Andy Warhol’s iconic images of 20th-century leaders inspired spirited debate about the pairing of politics and pop culture. Warhol was captivated by the blurring boundaries between political stomping grounds and star-studded circles, where reinvention is an art and “politicians and actors can change their personalities like chameleons,” he once said.

    The original screenprint  Van Heusen (Ronald Reagan) is from the portfolio “Ads” by Andy Warhol. In the portfolio, unlikely logos and mascots are placed together to create an unique sociopolitical narrative. The image of the Former United States President was taken from an actual series of advertisements for Van Heusen dress shirts while Ronald Reagan was still an actor in the ‘50s and ‘60s.

    Also featured in the “Ads” portfolio, James Dean is placed next to Japanese characters in Rebel without a Cause. By pairing these screen prints together, Andy Warhol draws comparison between the president and the actor to products one would see in a billboard ad. Andy Warhol said “I met someone on the street who said wasn’t it great that we’re going to have a movie star for president, that it was so Pop, and when you think about it like that, it is great, it’s so American.”

    Van Heusen (Ronald Reagan) (1985) from the portfolio Ads is an original screen print on Lenox Museum Board. Van Heusen (Ronald Reagan) is hand signed in pencil and is an edition of 190. Van Heusen (Ronald Reagan) is referenced in Feldman 68, II.356. For more information about Van Heusen (Ronald Reagan) or Andy Warhol please contact the gallery. Call for Value.

    • Jean-Michel Basquiat Set of Four (Wolf Sausage, King Brand, Dog Leg Study, Undiscovered Genius)

      The mythology around  Jean-Michel Basquiat continues to proliferate since his death. The biography of his life reads like a cautionary tale on the perils of success: the early years in the graffiti movement; the sudden media attention on the East Village art scene; the highly publicized friendship with Andy Warhol; the meteoric rise of auction and gallery sales; the heroin addiction.

      Underneath it all, Jean- Michel Basquiat was a critical thinker and conceptual artist, concerned about the the historical legacy and current effects of racism, colonialism and class. “Who do you make a painting for?” he was asked in a filmed interview in October 1985, and he was silent for a long time. “Do you make it for you?” the interviewer continued. “I think I make it for myself, but ultimately for the world, you know,” Basquiat said

      Most of his works use symbols of crowns, bones, sugar, corn, teeth, and others, though it is probably impossible to decipher every symbol in a single work. Part of what makes Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work so consistently fascinating—and even frustrating—is the lack of a one-to-one correspondence between symbols and predetermined values. The complexity and layering of personal and political ideas allows the viewer to also think deeply about these concepts, and gain new insight each time.

      Set of four original screen prints (Wolf Sausage, King Brand, Dog Leg Study, Undiscovered Genius) by Jean-Michel Basquiat (1982-83/2019). Wolf Sausage, King Brand, Dog Leg Study, Undiscovered Genius an edition of 50 and are published by Flatiron Editions. Jean-Michel Basquiat produced less than ten different prints during his lifetime, and this suite was released posthumously by The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Each screenprint is stamped and signed by Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Heriveaux, the artist’s sisters and administrators of the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. For more information about Wolf Sausage, King Brand, Dog Leg Study, Undiscovered Genius and Jean-Michel Basquiat, please contact the gallery. Call for value.

      • Keith Haring Pop Shop III

        Keith Haring was concerned about the impact that computers would have on art, politics and modern daily life. He speculated on a future led by these potentially controlling mechanisms unleashed on a populous unwilling or unable to think for itself. How would the 'untrustworthy machines' he portrayed in his art affect the human population?

        “The role of the arts in human existence is going to be tested and tried. It is possibly the most important time for art the world has ever seen. The artist of this time is creating under a constant realization that he is being pursued by the computers. We are threatened. Our existence, our individuality, our creativity, our lives are threatened by this coming machine aesthetic. It is going to be up to us to establish a lasting position of the arts in our daily lives, in human existence.” 

        Keith Haring loved expression of the human soul and psyche, and was deeply concerned about the effect of the encroachment of the digital age on the human spirit. He said “If humans are expendable, then emotions, enjoyment, indulgence, creative aesthetic, and personality of human beings are expendable.”  

        Pop Shop III expresses Keith Haring’s anxiety by depicting a person getting literally pulled head-first inside a computer. Technology anxiety continues to capture the minds of artists and public alike as technology ever becomes more apart of our lives. 

        Keith Haring Pop Shop III (1989) by Keith Haring is an original silkscreen. Pop Shop III is hand signed in pencil and the edition AP 3/20. For more information about Keith Haring or Pop Shop III, please contact the gallery. SOLD.

         

        • Andy Warhol Marilyn

          Andy Warhol understood the allure of global celebrity and its effects on contemporary society long before gossip blogs were even a thing. Through his distinctive style of work, Warhol referred to a society in which individuals were seen as mere products rather than human beings. 

          Soon after her tragic death in 1962,  Andy Warhol made a series paying tribute to  Marilyn Monroe, the film star and sex symbol who had captured America’s imagination. The prints of Marilyn Monroe are some of the most iconic images Andy Warhol ever made. By relying on his signature screen-printing techniques to scribble over the iconic features of famous faces, Warhol was responsible for making these celebrities even more popular even in death. 

          Just as Warhol’s fetishistic use of consumer-produced packaging is often the source of many debates and discussions, so was his obsessive rendering of famous women. Some view the Marilyn Monroe Screenprints as frank expressions of his sorrow at public events. Others view them as some of the first expressions of 'compassion fatigue' - the way the public loses the ability to sympathize with events from which they feel removed. This mystery fuels the continued intense interest with both Marilyn Monroe and Andy Warhol as celebrities.

          Marilyn (1967) is an original screenprint on paper from the portfolio Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn). The edition is hand signed in ballpoint pen and numbered via stamp verso by Warhol and referenced in Feldman 68, II.29. For more information about Marilyn or Andy Warhol please contact the gallery. SOLD.

           

          • An Homage to Yves Klein Multicolor 1960 D and An Homage to Monogold 1960 D

            An Homage to Yves Klein Multicolor 1960 D and An Homage to Monogold 1960 D by Takashi Murakami both nod to the 20th century French artist Yves Klein. The more you compare the two artists the more fascinating the connections become. Decades separated their practices as Takashi Murakami was born the same year that Yves Klain died, but both were leading artistic figures in post-war European art and post-war Japanese art, respectively. It is clear why Takashi Murakami also saw a connection between him and Yves Klein.

            Yves Klein was known for his flat monochromes of blue and gold that were seen as an inspiration to and as a forerunner of minimal art, as well as pop art. Takashi Murakami blended his training in traditional Japanese painting with Japanese pop culture references to create his iconic “Superflat” style.

            Further, both figures flowed between their relationships between western and Japanese culture, a topic that fascinated Takashi Murakami. Yves Klein traveled to Japan and became the first European to become a black belt in Judo. Takashi Murakami explains “for those of us born in Asia, it remains an ever-important question. The reason is that what we today define as Art represents the path followed by Western art history, and yet here in the East, we have our own history. To survive as artists, we must learn to resolve the collision of these two cultures. My own personal position is drawn from how well I can arrange the unique flowers of Asia, moreover the ever strange blossoms that have bloomed in the madness of the defeated culture of postwar Japan, into work that will live within the confines of Western art history.”

            An Homage to Yves Klein Multicolor 1960 D and An Homage to Monogold 1960 D (2012) by Takashi Murakami are each an offset print with cold stamp. An Homage to Yves Klein Multicolor 1960 D and An Homage to Monogold 1960 D are editions of 300 and hand signed and numbered. For more information about An Homage to Yves Klein Multicolor 1960 D and An Homage to Monogold 1960 D or Takashi Murakami, please contact the gallery. Call for value.