Andy Warhol (1928–1987)
Flowers (Hand-Colored), 1974
Silkscreen, watercolor from portfolio of ten, 199/250
Collection of the Bruce Museum, Gift of Peter M. Brant
© 2010 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Andy Warhol: Flowers, 1974

May 29, 2010 - August 22, 2010

Andy Warhol: Flowers, 1974 presents two portfolios of silk-screen prints from the Bruce Museum collection featuring floral arrangements produced by Warhol and his studio. Each portfolio contains ten different silk-screen prints; both sets are printed with black ink on paper, but one set also features the addition of watercolor dyes applied by hand.

Andy Warhol (1928-1987) is recognized as one of America’s firmly established 20th-century artists and an international celebrity whose work has been extensively exhibited in museums and galleries around the world.

His Flowers (Black and White) portfolio was published by Castelli Graphics and Multiples Inc. in association with Warhol’s gallery dealer Leo Castelli. The works were given recently to the Bruce Museum by print collectors Dave and Reba Williams.

The Flowers (Hand-Colored) portfolio was originally commissioned by publisher Peter M. Brant, Castelli Graphics, and Multiples Inc. and was a gift of Peter M. Brant to the Bruce Museum in 1986. In the color version, each print is unique in the hand-application of Dr. Martin’s aniline watercolor dyes by a studio assistant.

The only other time Warhol used a similar technique was in the 1950s to customize offset prints. Andy Warhol Prints: A Catalogue Raisonne categorizes these works as unique edition prints since they are signed, numbered and released as regular editions even though each print is one of a kind.

Warhol was always interested in still life but seldom used it in the 1960s. Flowers, 1974, abandoned the photograph-based prints of the 1960s and focused on line for composition.

His inspiration for these works came from wallpaper samples and the book Interpretive Floral Designs by Mrs. Raymond Russ Stoltz (South Brunswick: A.S. Barnes, 1972), which he interpreted using an opaque projector. Two additional images were considered for the portfolio but ultimately not included.

The exhibition Andy Warhol: Flowers, 1974 is supported by the Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund. Please note that this exhibition is held in the Museum’s Bantle Lecture Gallery, which may be closed for viewing due to programs taking place. Call ahead or check the calendar for non-viewing program times.

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