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Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol, Douc Langur From Vanishing Animals, unique collage and silkscreen

1986

$40,000

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This work by Andy Warhol from the series "Vanishing Animals" from 1986 is a unique collage that features the silkscreened image of a douc langur monkey, an endangered species endemic to Vietnam and Laos. For "Vanishing Animals," Andy Warhol created a series of collages featuring a number of endangered species. The book was published in collaboration with Dr. Kurt Benirschke, who wrote about the lives of the animals depicted by the artist, all at risk at the time. The "portraits" were rendered in his signature sketching style and made graphic with brightly colored paper and board, collaged and then printed on top of. The rich red and purple tones of this image specifically recall the color of the douc langur's red shank. This piece is framed in an architectural white gold frame and mounted on linen wrapped board.

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About Andy Warhol (Artist)

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, he 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. The1967 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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