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Pop Art: 60th Anniversary Special Auction - Legendary Andy Warhol

09-05-2014 06:48 PM CET | Arts & Culture

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Andy Warhol - Skull. Around 1976. Gelatine silver print. 5 x 8.1 in. Estimate: EUR 7.000-9.000

Andy Warhol - Skull. Around 1976. Gelatine silver print. 5 x 8.1 in. Estimate: EUR 7.000-9.000

Munich, 04 September 2014, (kk) – A very special catalog with a small but select range of works by the Pop Art icon Andy Warhol will be released on occasion of Ketterer Kunst's 60th company anniversary. The choice of sheets – mainly photographs as well as drawings from the early 1950s – by the shy and introvert artist will be auctioned in Munich on 6 December.

Never before has the German auction market seen such a selection of works, most of which come from Andy Warhol's estate, a number of photographs are particularly remarkable, among them two lots with Polaroids of artist colleagues, likewise pioneers and protagonist of Pop Art:
Both the unique piece “Robert Rauschenberg“ (estimate: EUR 6,000-8,000) from 1981, as well as the four Polaroids “Roy Lichtenstein“ (estimate: EUR 15,000-20,000) from around 1975 are prime examples of Warhol's portrait photography. On a most narrow image space and with a compact image section, the exceptional artist used his Big Shot Polaroid Camera to create an extraordinarily dense narration, which provides just enough space for artist and object to reveal something of themselves.
Additionally, various silver gelatine proofs with motifs ranging from portraits of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Jon Gould all the way to architectural icons like the Empire State Building or hammer and sickle, the incunables of Communism. On the one hand, Warhol's photographs show his thoughts come alive as pictures, on the other hand, they document his internal struggle for a motif. Some, such as “Skull“ or “Hammer and Sickle“ served as models, making them the well of Warhol's image creation. Estimates range between EUR 2,000 and 9,000.

Some of his hand-drawn portraits are in stark contrast to the subjectivity of his portrait photographs. For example, the ballpoint pen drawing “Bob C.“ (estimate: EUR 14,000 – 18,000) from around 1955 documents the development of a reduced typification that abandons all subjectivity in favor of de-individualized formulas. This way he rendered a unique and distanced perspective on the depicted object.

During the 1950s, a decade coined by Warhol's activities as commercial artist in New York, he almost exclusively made drawings. His naive style and wit, which found expression in both his private and commercial works, remained unchanged even beyond the 1950s. Impressive works are “Couple The paper collage and color silkscreen “Viewpoint“ may perhaps be obtained for an estimate of EUR 14,000-18,000. The subject of this work, in which he made a building the protagonist of his art for the first time, is the architecture of Warhol's New York.

The exquisite range of offerings is completed by the colored India ink drawing “Hot Air Balloon“. The gracious work from the artist's estate could perhaps fly to its new owner for an estimate of EUR 14,000-18,000.Embracing“ (estimate: EUR 7,000-9,000), “Jack Holding Crayons“ (estimate: EUR 9,000-12,000) and “Young Man“ (estimate: EUR 7,000-9,000).

One of the catalog's top lots is a portrait of the great German poet and thinker Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, one of the rare “German“ motifs. This silkscreen in colors is the first work from a series that references historic works of art. In this piece Warhol isolates a section of the presumably most famous Goethe portrait by Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein from 1787, which today it is in possession of the Frankfurt Städel Museum. The fascinating sheet will enter the race with an estimate of EUR 40,000-60,000.

The paper collage and color silkscreen “Viewpoint“ may perhaps be obtained for an estimate of EUR 18,000-124000. The subject of this work, in which he made a building the protagonist of his art for the first time, is the architecture of Warhol's New York.

The exquisite range of offerings is rounded off by the colored India ink drawing “Hot Air Balloon“. The gracious work from the artist's estate could perhaps fly to its new owner for an estimate of EUR 14,000-18,000.

Previews

04/05 November, Ketterer Kunst, Holstenwall 5, 20355 Hamburg*
07-09 November, Galerie B. von Stechow, Feldbergstr. 28, 60323 Frankfurt*
14-17 November, Ketterer Kunst, Malkastenstr. 11, 40211 Düsseldorf*
21-28 November, Ketterer Kunst, Fasanenstr. 70, 10719 Berlin*
30 Nov.- 04 Dec., Ketterer Kunst, Joseph-Wild-Str. 18, 81829 München-Riem**

* selected works ** all works

Auctions in Munich
5 Dezember - Modern Classics
6 Dezember - Post War and Contemporary Art as well as special catalog Andy Warhol

Since it was founded in 1954, Ketterer Kunst has been firmly established in the front ranks of auction houses dealing in fine art and rare books, with its headquarters in Munich and a branch in Hamburg. Gallery rooms in Berlin as well as representatives in Heidelberg, Düsseldorf and Modena (Italy) contribute substantially to the company's success. In addition, exhibitions, special theme and charity auctions as well as permanent online auctions on www.ketterer-internet-auction.com are regular events at Ketterer Kunst. Robert Ketterer is auctioneer and owner of Ketterer Kunst.

Contact:

for press enquiries:

Ketterer Kunst
Joseph-Wild-Str. 18
81829 München
Michaela Derra M.A.
Telefon: +49-(0)89-55244-152 (Fax: -177)
E-Mail: m.derra@kettererkunst.de
www.kettererkunst.de

for client enquiries:

Ketterer Kunst
Joseph-Wild-Str. 18
81829 München
Tel. +49-(0)55244-444
Fax.: +49-(0)55244-177
E-mail: infomuenchen@kettererkunst.de

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