Andy Warhol (August 6, 1928 - February 22, 1987) was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertisement that flourished by the 1960s. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became a renowned and sometimes controversial artist. The Andy Warhol Museum in his native city, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, holds an extensive permanent collection of art and archives. It is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to a single artist.

Andy Warhol and Marilyn Monroe

In 1962, on the occasion of Marilyn Monroe's tragic death, Andy Warhol began work on one of the most iconic images in modern art history. Several years later, he had completed work on a complete set of original silkscreens, which came to be known as the Marilyn Series, which he based off of a photograph from Monroe's 1953 film 'Niagara'.

Andy Warhol and Brigitte Bardot

Andy Warhol met Brigitte Bardot's third husband, Gunter Sachs, in May of 1967 while in Cannes to promote his film Chelsea Girls. Having learned on his arrival that no screenings of the film had actually been arranged, Warhol and his entourage - which included the German singer and actress Nico, the French-American artist Ultra Violet, and the American model International Velvet - made it their job to have a good time. Noticing the prominent West German heir Sachs with a group of friends at the Gorilla Bar, Warhol introduced himself and invited the group back to his hotel room to see his film. Intrigued by Warhol's work, Sachs - who had until then collected mainly French Nouveau Realistes and Informel artists - invited Warhol to dinner at his Saint-Tropez house. It was there that the artist met Bardot for the first time. Later, he recalled, "She came downstairs and entertained us like a good European hostess and I couldn't get over how sweet that was, to be Brigitte Bardot and still bother to make your guests comfortable."

Andy Warhol's Portraits of the 70s

In November, 1979, Andy Warhol's last major exhibition of the decade, Portraits of the 70s, opened at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. This time the art world had to pay attention, though for the most part, they didn't like what they saw. Truman Capote and Mao Zedong, Mick Jagger and Golda Meir, Yves St. Laurent and Brooke Hayward and Liza Minnelli are among those represented in the selection. But also included are portraits of the artist's mother and sundry art dealers, art collectors, artists and friends - including the much-painted Henry Geldzahler, the city's Commissioner of Cultural Affairs. Most of the subjects are shown twice - in twin panels of differing color schemes. The basic elements are easily described. Commonplace photographic material has been altered by an insouciant application of decorative color. Everything is made to look - quite consciously, of course - like poor-quality mechanical color printing gone slightly haywire...

Barbara Heizer Brooke Hayword Carol Coleman Carolin Ireland Carolina Herrera Corice Arman Cristina Crimati Dary Lillie
Diane von Fuerstenberg Doda Voridis Evelyn Kuhn Francis Lewis Gale Smith Golda Meir Helene Rochas Jane Holzer
Jane Lang Janet Villela Katie Jones Kay Fortson Kimiko Powers Liza Minelli Linda Palevsky Marcia Weismann
Marella Agnelli Marilyn Karp Marion Bloch Sao Schlumberger Tina Freemann Truman Capote Yves St. Laurent Dorothy Lichtenstein

The SFMOMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) published a limited edition of "Portraits of the 70s" (source missing!). The edition size was 2400, the print size was 30 x 42 cm, signed in pencil. As these prints do not come with any COA they have to considered as "in the manner of Andy Warhol" or "after Andy Warhol".

Princess Caroline Marilyn Monroe Nastassja Kinski Juliana Siu Mick Jagger Princess Diana Roy Lichtenstein Erich Marx

Andy Warhol's Endangered Animals Portfolio

In 1983 Andy Warhol was commissioned to do a series with an environmental and humanitarian intent. Preceding this endeavor was a wave of awareness caused by the enactment of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, which defined endangered species as a humanitarian issue, included a ban on trade involving such animals, and made efforts for the protection of original habitats. Warhol, known as an eccentric lover of animals, was approached by environmental activists and philanthropists Ronald and Frayda Feldman to execute the series with support from their art gallery, Ronald Feldman Fine Art, New York.

In 1987 there was a limited edition for Art Basel 1987, Size 40 x 40 cm mounted, picture size 21 x 21 cm. This offset prints were published in an edition of 1000, as one of the materials created to promote the original Art Basel (Europe).

Andy Warhol's Reigning Queens Portfolio

Reigning Queens is a 1985 series of silkscreen portraits by Andy Warhol of Queens regnant. The screenprints were presented as a portfolio of sixteen; of four prints each of the four individual monarchs. The subjects were Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Queen Ntfombi Twala of Swaziland and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.

In 1987 there was also a limited edition for Art Basel 1987, Size 40 x 40 cm mounted, picture size 21 x 21 cm. This offset prints were published in an edition of 1000, as one of the materials created to promote the original Art Basel (Europe).