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Skinner Auctions Boston MA
3338B Boston
January 23, 2020 6:00PMCalender

Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) Gale Smith

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 3338B Location: Boston Date / Time: January 23, 2020 6:00PM


Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987)

Gale Smith, 1977. Artist's dry stamp l.r., Andy Warhol estate hand stamp, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts hand stamp, and numbered "FA04. 09184" in pencil and "H713351" in type, all on the reverse. Polacolor Type 108, sheet size 4 1/4 x 3 1/4 in. (10.8 x 8.3 cm), framed.
Condition: Minor mat burn, minor color shift.

N.B. Warhol's Polaroids served as preparatory sketches for his silkscreens. With his fascination for multiplicity as a means of reducing distinctiveness, his Big Shot and SX-70 Polaroid cameras were the perfect tools in carrying out this concept. In the 1970s and 80s Warhol's camera went everywhere with him and shot everyone famous he came in contact with. For his silkscreens, he would take numerous variant snapshots, taking up to several dozen in just one "sitting." This snapshot of Gale Smith was likely taken amongst others as the basis for his 1979 silkscreen of the Factory girl.
Estimate $5,000-7,000

Upper edge hinged with Beva adhesive to the verso, initialed "T.J.H." in pencil on the verso.

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Gale Smith