15 1/2 × 15 1/2 × 3/10 in
39.4 × 39.4 × 0.8 cm
As a memorial to the late starlet, Andy Warhol created his first portrait of Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn Diptych, in the months after the actress tragically passed away in August 1962. Warhol revisited her image five years later, presenting 10 reproductions of the actress in high-contrast hues for his iconic “Marilyn Monroe” suite. Modeled after a publicity image of Monroe from the 1953 film Niagara, the portraits are a quintessential example of Warhol’s obsession with celebrity culture and repetition. The suite also marked a turning point in Warhol’s career as he embraced silkscreen printing—a technique that allowed him to mass produce images of his muses, erasing the imperfections that made them human in the process. Warhol is often credited with making an idol out of Monroe, immortalizing her in youthful beauty for future generations. This is one of more uncommon authentic hand signed vintage Leo Castelli Warhol Marilyn invitations in the larger, more scarce 12.25 square inch size - not the typical promotional 7 inches that come to market. This work was produced as an announcement for the "Warhol: A Print Retrospective, 1963-1981" exhibition held at Castelli Graphics, New York, 21 November - 22 December, 1981. This invitation was based on the artist's eponymous suite of screenprints from 1967. See Feldman 22-31. Signed boldly in black marker by Andy Warhol. The work is elegantly floated with beveled edges, and framed with museum UV plexiglass. Ready to hang. Authenticity guaranteed. This makes a lovely gift!
Provenance; Phillips, Inc.
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In 2015. a signed Warhol Castelli Marilyn invitation sold at public auction for US $30,000. Below are details of that comparable for reference:
Title Marilyn Castelli Invitation, 1981
Description Andy WARHOL (American, 1928-1987)
Marilyn Castelli Invitation, 1981
Signed to the left margin
12 x 12 in. 30.5 x 30.5 cm.
This work is from an edition published by Colour
Editions, Inc. This invitation was created for the
exhibition Andy Warhol: A Print Retrospective
1963-1981 held at Castelli Graphics, New York,
21 November - 22 December 1981.
Medium offset lithograph
Year of Work 1981
Size Height 12 in.; Width 12 in. / Height 30.5 cm.; Width 30.5 cm.
Sale of Fine Art Auctions Miami: Saturday, October 24, 2015 [Lot 00060]
Fine Art, Antiques & Important Jewels Auction
SOLD FOR: 30,000 USD