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PROPERTY OF THE SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, SOLD TO BENEFIT THE ACQUISITIONS FUND

Andy Warhol
MERCEDES-BENZ W 196 R GRAND PRIX CAR (STREAMLINED VERSION), 1954
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1.500.0002.000.000
Lotto. Venduto 3,973,000 USD (Prezzo di aggiudicazione con commissione d'acquisto)
VAI AL LOTTO
254

PROPERTY OF THE SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, SOLD TO BENEFIT THE ACQUISITIONS FUND

Andy Warhol
MERCEDES-BENZ W 196 R GRAND PRIX CAR (STREAMLINED VERSION), 1954
Stima
Irrevocable Bids
Lots with this symbol indicate that a party has provided Sotheby’s with an irrevocable bid on the lot that will be executed during the sale at a value that ensures that the lot will sell. The irrevocable bidder, who may bid in excess of the irrevocable bid, will be compensated based on the final hammer price in the event he or she is not the successful bidder or may receive a fixed fee in the event he or she is the successful bidder. If the irrevocable bidder is the successful bidder, the fixed fee (if applicable) for providing the irrevocable bid may be netted against the irrevocable bidder’s obligation to pay the full purchase price for the lot and the purchase price reported for the lot shall be net of such fixed fee. If the irrevocable bid is not secured until after the printing of the auction catalogue, a pre-lot announcement will be made indicating that there is an irrevocable bid on the lot. If the irrevocable bidder is advising anyone with respect to the lot, Sotheby’s requires the irrevocable bidder to disclose his or her financial interest in the lot. If an agent is advising you or bidding on your behalf with respect to a lot identified as being subject to an irrevocable bid, you should request that the agent disclose whether or not he or she has a financial interest in the lot.
Guaranteed Property
Guaranteed Property. The seller of lots with this symbol has been guaranteed a minimum price from one auction or a series of auctions. If every lot in a catalogue is guaranteed, the Conditions of Sale will so state and this symbol will not be used for each lot.
1.500.0002.000.000
Lotto. Venduto 3,973,000 USD (Prezzo di aggiudicazione con commissione d'acquisto)
VAI AL LOTTO

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Andy Warhol
1928 - 1987
MERCEDES-BENZ W 196 R GRAND PRIX CAR (STREAMLINED VERSION), 1954
acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas
40 3/8 by 60 1/4 in. 102.5 by 153 cm.
Executed in 1986.
Leggi la scheda di conservazione Leggi la scheda di conservazione

Provenienza(e)

Galerie Denise René Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf
Daimler-Benz AG, Stuttgart (acquired from the above in 1986)
Gift to the present owner from the above in 1988

Esposizione

Kunsthalle Tübingen, Andy Warhol: Cars: Die Letzten Bilder, January - March 1988, cat. no. 44, n.p., illustrated in color
New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Tokyo, Shinjuku Isetan Museum; Kyoto, Daimaru Museum; Gunma, Hara Museum ARC; Sapporo, Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art; Fukuoka Prefectural Museum of Art; Kanagawa Prefectural Cultural Center, Andy Warhol: Cars, September 1988 - November 1989, cat. no. 27, p. 88, illustrated in color
Kunstmuseum Bern, Andy Warhol: Cars, February - May 1990
Madrid, Fundación Juan March; Barcelona, Museo Palau de la Virreina, Andy Warhol: Cars, September 1990 - April 1991
Tokyo, Bunkamura Museum of Art, Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection from Renoir to Warhol, July - October 2004

Bibliografia

Renate Wiehager, ed., Andy Warhol: Cars: Business Art, New York, 2002, p. 65, illustrated in color

Nota a catalogo

A masterwork from the Guggenheim Museum’s collection, Mercedes-Benz W 196 R Grand Prix Car (Streamlined Version), executed in 1986, is a prime example of Andy Warhol’s Car Series, the last group of work created before his untimely death in 1987. Produced as part of a commission given to Andy Warhol and other contemporary artists by Mercedes Benz to celebrate their centennial in 1986, it exemplifies the artistic heights achieved by Warhol in his final years. The last decade of Warhol’s life produced some of the most innovative and influential works of his career. And as a member of an unfinished series, Mercedes-Benz W 196 R Grand Prix Car (Streamlined Version)is a masterpiece that provokes thought about Warhol’s life as an artist, what might have been, and the important transitions that defined him and a nation. 

Throughout his career, Warhol experimented endlessly with different techniques to construct an image, combining painting, print-making, drawing, sculpture and film. He moved freely between imagining objects with multiple layers of mark-making to simplified representations. The line work that defines this car is strikingly simple. Devoid of driver or race track the iconic object of desire floats in space unfettered from gravity itself. Liberated from the superfluous, the automobile exclusively acts as a symbol of post-war prosperity, industrial change, and the American fascination with dazzling objects. The Car Series intertwines Warhol’s Pop sensibilities with subtle religiosity and a fascination with the spectacular, providing us with a provokingly intimate yet simplified sense into his interests, instincts and choices at the end of his life. The process he adopts in Mercedes-Benz W 196 R Grand Prix Car (Streamlined Version) is refined and simple, yet complete, and reminds us of just how good he was at being Andy Warhol.

Itself a star of automobile history, the Mercedes Benz W-196 was the instrument driven by Argentinian Juan Manuel Fango to deliver five Formula One World Championships. While not a car aficionado, Warhol was a committed admirer of ostentatious objects, none more so than the automobile. Andy’s reinterpretation of the Mercedes Benz W-19 transforms the car into an object of modern idolatry, representing the American affection, even love, for mass production. There are no shadows or any sense of context or narrative. He has masterfully simplified the object, just as he had transformed the Campbell’s Soup Cans, Coke Cola bottles, and Brillo Boxes. Unconcerned with the technology that makes such a vehicle function, the viewer is seduced and excited by the strikingly curvaceous form floating in darkness, a sensuous apparition. His images are indirect advertisements for those objects and the corporations that produce them, seducing all.

However, by so completely appropriating common objects that they are absorbed into the art that epitomizes Andy Warhol, he wrests from the image all it has to offer and adds it to his own unmatched legacy. We are reminded of Mercedes Benz with each interaction; yet, it is so familiar that the car in all its sleekness acts as an advert for Andy Warhol. An Icon of automobile history, the Mercedes Benz W-196, is a perfect object to define Andy Warhol. Daring, innovative, unparalleled.

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