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Andy Warhol
PAT HEARN
Estimate
300,000400,000
LOT SOLD. 727,500 EUR
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Andy Warhol
PAT HEARN
Estimate
300,000400,000
LOT SOLD. 727,500 EUR
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Details & Cataloguing

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Andy Warhol
1928 - 1987
PAT HEARN
signed and dated 85 on the overlap
acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas
101,7 x 101,7 cm; 40 x 40 in.
Executed in 1985.
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Provenance

Acquired directly from the artist's studio (Factory)
Pat Hearn Collection, New York
Sale: Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, Contemporary Art, 12 November 2004, lot 263
Acquired from the above by the current owner

Catalogue Note

Pat Hearn left her imprint on the art world as a pioneer who stood at the forefront of the New York City art scene. She was one of the firsts to boldly open galleries in Chelsea and in a relatively gallery-free area of SoHo (on Wooster Street near Grand), inaugurating both neighborhoods for art and founding the Gramercy International Art Fair, known today as the Armory Show. She was both an inspiration and a well-respected art dealer, as well as a sophisticated, tasteful woman. This silkscreen portrait by Andy Warhol is a tribute to her accomplishments and her success as a cutting edge female personality. By unveiling her most feminine features, Warhol exposes the art world celebrity in an atypical intimate light. Here, the gallerist becomes the subject of art. With this portrait, Pat Hearn, who was renown for being more interested in other artists' work than her own, becomes the muse of Andy Warhol and subsequently, an icon. The use of gold coupled with her posing on her knees further conveys a sense idolatrousness and sacredness. The choice of color and female subject of Pat Hearn also echoes back to Warhol's famous 1962 Gold Marilyn, where gold and portraiture seem to serve to elevate women to the level of the divine.

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