Serigraph, "Flowers" by Andy Warhol (1964); signed
For John Smith, assistant director of collections and research at The Andy Warhol Museum, the flower motif is a “great cultural touchstone” and an ideal framework through which to examine Andy Warhol’s voluminous body of artwork. Smith is the curator of, Flowers Observed, Flowers Transformed, the kick-off exhibition of The Warhol’s yearlong 10th anniversary celebration. The exhibition, which opens May 16, uses Warhol’s many flower-themed works as the foundation for a broader examination of the flower in art.
“ On the occasion of the Museum’s 10th anniversary, we wanted to start looking at Warhol’s work thematically, rather than chronologically,” says Smith. “The subject of flowers gives us the perfect first opportunity to play with this new way of looking at the collection.”
Flowers: The Mandrinette is a highly rare, local shrub. Andy Warhol made prints of the Mandrinette with petals in different colors based on a photograph by the nature photographer Patricia Caulfield. One print in the collection from the series titled Flowers (1974), which is unique in Warhol's oeuvre for their delicacy. Borrowing from magazines and a wallpaper catalogue, the artist first crops and abstracts the images. Then, with characteristic inversion, he personalizes the flower prints, adding by hand delicate washes of Dr. Martin's aniline watercolor dyes. (http://www.tfaoi.com/aa/4aa/4aa141.htm)
The present work is one of only seven monumental-scale paintings from Andy Warhol's famous Flowers series, which the artist showed at a sell-out exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York in 1964 and with Galerie Sonnabend in Paris in May 1965. The two shows comprised of densely hung canvases of flowers in various sizes and brilliant Day-Glo hues, all appropriated by Warhol from a photograph of hibiscus blossoms that had appeared in the June 1964 issue of Popular Photography.
Warhol was at the height of his creative powers and international fame, and as David Bourdon writes, the "cheerful and refreshing Flowers series includes some of Warhol's most lushly colored, decorative, and ingratiating paintings." (D. Bourdon, Warhol, New York 1989, p. 191).
|Medium/Material||Ink on Paper|
|Dimensions||H-23 W-23 inches|
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