Rago Auctions Offers Important Collection of Work by Andy Warhol among Fine Art Highlights, Nov. 5 RAGO AUCTIONS OFFERS AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF WORK BY ANDY WARHOL AMONG FINE ART HIGHLIGHTS ON NOVEMBER 5
News-Antique.com - Oct 18,2015 - RAGO AUCTIONS OFFERS AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF WORK BY ANDY WARHOL AMONG FINE ART HIGHLIGHTS ON NOVEMBER 5.
Lambertville, NJ: On Thursday, November 5, 2015, Rago will hold auctions of 19th/20th Century American and European Art and Post-War/Contemporary Art. The sale offers an important collection of work by Andy Warhol, and more fresh to market material, with many significant deaccessions from important private collections.
An important Andy Warhol piece in the sale is lot 734, Open This End, ca. 1966, a silkscreen inks on Waste Basket Boutique dress, estimated at $600,000-800,000.
By early 1962, Andy Warhol had found artistic inspiration in commercial objects and repeating images. With this, he would change the world of art and how we look at everyday objects.
Open This End, part of a small series depicting shipping and handling labels, is one of the first paintings in which Warhol used silkscreen to reproduce commercial objects and repeating images. The technique suited Warhol well, allowing him to duplicate images at will in an artistic simulation of industrial production. Within months of producing Open This End, the artist discovered that he could use silkscreen printing to reproduce photographs. Images of the recently deceased Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) soon followed, and opened the way to the long chain of influential works that would define the artist’s career and his era.
Open This End belongs to a group of paintings Warhol executed starting in 1962 depicting labels used in shipping: “Fragile:, “Fragile Handle With Care”, “Handle With Care Glass Thank You”, “This Side Up”, and “Open This End”. The silkscreen label “Open This End” appears in only four works in the Warhol oeuvre. Three of these are small silkscreen paintings on linen. The largest and most complex is the example for sale as lot 734, which Warhol chose to create on a Waste Basket Boutique dress. It is clear from its rich, dense field of color that Warhol methodically cleaned and re-inked the silkscreen after laying down each image.
Open This End references and suggests affinities with other art movements that took everyday objects as their subjects, including Conceptual Art, Performance Art and Fluxus (see the Robert Watts stamp machine, lot 667) and anticipates the role of written language in the work of Ed Ruscha, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger and Bruce Naumann, among others.
Andy Warhol continues with…
Lot 524: Lincoln Center Ticket, 1967, $1,000-1,500
Lot 525: Screen Tests/A Diary, 1967, $800-1,000
Lot 526: Untitled, from A Gold Book, 1957, unique trial proof $8,000-12,000
Lot 527: Untitled from A Gold Book, 1957, $800-1,200
Lot 596: Flowers, 1964, $15,000-25,000
Lot 631: Muhammad Ali (suite of four images) 1978, $80,000-120,000
Lot 632: Bad, 1977, $2,000-3,000
Lot 637: Birth of Venus on Zitura, 18k Gold Watch, Ltd., Switzerland, 1998, $1,500-2,500
Lot 639: Grace Kelly, 1984, $50,000-70,000
Lot 662: Joseph Beuys, State III, 1980-83, unique trial proof $40,000-60,000
Lot 674: Annie Oakley from Cowboys and Indians, 1986, $25,000-35,000
Lot 697: Blackglama (Judy Garland) from Ads, 1985, $18,000-24,000
Lot 739: Candy Box, Closed and Opened