Original Pop Art Drawing by Andy Warhol Entitled “Lips”
Original Drawing / Work on Paper by the famed Pop Artist Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) | Entitled: “Lips” | Medium: Ink & Crayon | Year or Era Produced: 20th Century | Housed and matted in a modern black wood frame |
Original Drawing / Work on Paper by the famed Pop Artist Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) | Entitled: “Lips” | Medium: Mixed Media – Ink & Marker | Approximate Year Produced: circa 1960 | Professionally housed and matted in a black modern wood frame under Archival UV protected glass | The Corcoran Gallery of Art label attached to the verso dust cover was found inside the work of art behind the previous matting | Dimensions: Sight Area Approximate Measurement: 8.5″ x 6″; Frame Approximate Measurement: 13.25 x 11.75 | Approximate Weight: 5 lbs.
Provenance: Estate of Sarah Roberts NYC; acquired from the Corcoran Gallery of Art when several pieces of art were deaccessioned during the late 90’s, years prior to its dissolution / merger with the National Gallery of Art. The Drawing was reportedly acquired from or through The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. in the early 1990’s (and thus prior to its divestiture through Christies of its remaining Warhol art). The Corcoran Gallery of Art Label was found inside the work of art behind the previous matting.
Condition: The Drawing is in good condition; the paper has creasing in several areas.
Biography from AskArt: Andy Warhol, whose name is synonymous with Pop Art, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and grew up in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. He studied art at the Carnegie Institute of Technology from 1945 to 1949. He then went to New York City where he became an illustrator until 1960 when he began making paintings based on comic strip characters such as Popeye, Dick Tracy, and Superman.
He turned from the prevailing Abstract-Expressionist styles and the emphasis on the artist’s emotion to a hard-line Realism, using many common images associated with the popular media such as a Campbell Soup can or a Coca-Cola bottle or Brillo pad. The first images were hand-painted, but many were reproduced with a silk-screen process. He became the “first artist to utilize the screen-print medium to elevate both common and famous photographic images from popular culture to fine art status.” (Falk Vol III, p. 3465)
In May, 1999, ARTNews magazine named him one of the twenty-five most influential artists-ever. About him, it was written: . . . “it all began with the first Campbell’s soup can in 1962. . . With this simple image, the concepts of appropriation and commodification were let loose for good. Warhol’s celebration of his screen sirens, hustler hunks, and cafe-society wanna-bees . . .had an equally dramatic effect.”
In 1964, Warhol began making sculpture, often with labels from supermarkets, and in the 1970s, he turned to portraits, some of the most famous being Jackie Kennedy, Elvis Presley, Mao Tse Tung, and Marilyn Monroe. These images reflected his fascination with the topic of death, something he carried into a series called Death and Disaster, that included depictions of car crashes and gang warfare. Many celebrities and socialites regarded it as a notch ‘up-the-ladder’ of social recognition to be painted by Warhol.
He died in New York City in 1987 from gall bladder surgery that no one expected to be complicated.
Matthew Baigell, “Dictionary of American Art”
Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art
ArtNews, May 1999
Pen & Ink, Pencil
M (up to 30 in.)