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Andy Warhol

Kiku (from the Andy Warhol Exhibition Catalogue, 1983-1984), 1984

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Lot 42
Screenprint in colors on paper accompanied by original catalogue volume
8.0 x 11.0 in (20.3 x 27.9 cm)
Edition of 1500
Unsigned; accompanied by original catalogue volume


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The present work is an original silkscreen print cut from the catalogue for Andy Warhol's celebrated "Kiku" exhibition in Tokyo. The present work is accompanied by the aforementioned book (Tokyo: Gendai Hanga Center, 1984) from which the print was cut. Capitalizing on Warhol's strong appeal to Japanese collectors, members of the Gendai Hanga Center in Tokyo asked Warhol in 1982 to create a body of work specifically for them, focusing in particular on images of flowers. Warhol agreed, and created a beautiful series of images inspired by the chrysanthemum (the traditional symbol representing the Japanese emperor and Imperial House). The exhibition was a success and Warhol's exquisite prints for the "Kiku" (the Japanese word for chrysanthemum) exhibition have since become highly regarded by both critics and collectors.

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About Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol (born Andrew Warhola) (American, 1928-1987) was a leading figure in the Pop art movement. He is particularly known for the breadth of his oeuvre, as it encompassed painting, hand drawing, printmaking, photography, silk screening, sculpture, film and music. Fascinated with celebrity culture and status, his silkscreens of pop icons and mundane objects were particularly successful, and cemented his place as a “celebrity” artist. His studio, The Factory, was a famous gathering place that brought together distinguished intellectuals, drag queens, playwrights, Hollywood celebrities, and wealthy patrons.