Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary 2019January 10 - 13, 2019

Andy Warhol's prints after Edvard Munch were never published, and exist only in rare, unique colour variants. The series was commissioned by New York's Galleri Bellman and reimagines Munch's most celebrated works: 'The Brooch (Eva Mudocci)', 'Madonna', 'Self-Portrait with Skeleton Arm', and his most iconic image, 'The Scream'. One of the most innovative and influential artists of American Pop, and indeed in the history of twentieth-century art, Warhol's use of mass imagery and reproductive technologies destabilised accepted notions of fine art and creativity. Appropriating popular culture's most ubiquitous images, from Marilyn Monroe to the Campbell's Soup can, he fashioned a language of bold lines and synthetic colours that has in itself become iconic.

By the 1980's famous artworks had become commodities, taking the form of posters, fridge magnets and all species of museum souvenirs. Munch's work, and 'The Scream' in particular, are amongst modern art's most reproduced and recognisable images. Warhol's silkscreen reimagines Munch's haunting image in characteristic brilliant colour. Munch's coursing contorted lines, so central to the painting's sense of disruption and angst, take on a graphic quality in Warhol's work. As in all of Warhol's silkscreens, the image takes on a new life in reproduction, one that is caught between the icon's formal qualities and the collective memory that shrouds it.

Warhol's interest in Munch extended beyond the ubiquity of his work. Munch was also a prolific printmaker, reproducing his paintings as lithographs. Like Warhol, he was acutely aware of the power of color, using varying shades and combinations to shift the mood and impact of each print. In his 1964 'Self-Portrait', Warhol echoes the same frontal pose and red hue of Munch's 'Self-Portrait with Skeleton Arm', asserting his affinity with an artist who observed the peculiar angst of modern life. Another example of Warhol's 'The Scream' can be found in the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Works from this series were also exhibited in 'Munch/Warhol', which was held at New York's Scandinavia House in 2013 and coincided with the publication of Patricia Berman's 'Munch/Warhol and the Multiple Image'.
Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board stamp verso, annotated 'A185.995' in pencil; on Lenox Museum Board, with the printer's blindstamp, Rupert Jasen Smith, NY

Provenance:
Collection Kristof Freiherr Rüdt von Collenberg, Amsterdam
Acquired by the present owner in 1999

Literature:
Feldman & Schellmann, IIIA.58

This work is accompanied by a letter and identification number from the
Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board, Inc., dated June 8, 1999.

Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary 2019January 10 - 13, 2019

Waterhouse & Dodd is pleased to announce our participation in Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Art Fair, where we will be featuring a fine selection of Modern, Post-War and Contemporary British, European, and American art.

A few highlights from our carefully curated booth will include works by Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Roy Lichtenstein, Wayne Thiebaud, Joan Mitchell, Fernand Leger, Robert Rauschenberg, and Alex Katz, alongside works by contemporary artists Sophie Ryder, Athar Jaber, August Muth, Jean-Francois Rauzier, Karen Gunderson, Laura Newman and more.

For additional information please contact Ray Waterhouse (+1 917 821 3131), Sandra Safta Waterhouse (+1 917 821 4141) or Jonathan Dodd

Visit us at booth 430


Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Pavilion

825 S Dixie Hwy @ Okeechobee Blvd

West Palm Beach, FL 33401

VIP PREVIEW

Thursday, January 10         5 pm - 9 pm

GENERAL ADMISSION

Friday, January 11 11 am - 7 pm

Saturday, January 12 11 am - 7 pm

Sunday, January 13 11 am - 6 pm