1928 - 1987
GRAPES (FELDMAN & SCHELLMANN II.190-195)
The complete set of six screenprints in colors, 1979, each signed in felt-tip pen and inscribed 'A.P. 7/10', artist's proofs aside from the numbered edition of 50, on Strathmore Bristol paper, with the blindstamp of the printer, Rupert Jasen Smith, published by Andy Warhol Enterprises, Inc., New York, and with their inkstamp on the verso, framed (6 prints)
sheets: 1016 by 762 mm 40 by 30 in
The prints are in good condition and the sheets are full. (The versos tightly hinged to the backboards and not examined. Four prints examined out of the frames.)
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In between the celebrity portraiture which helped make him famous and the more fictional characters that comprised Warhol’s 1980s portfolios such as Ads or Myths came the 1979 publication of Grapes. This set of six prints presents alternating views of a bunch of grapes, reduced to the artist’s selection of improbable color combinations, stripping the subject of any context. It is a question presented by any Warhol image - is what he has reduced to two dimensions, be it a person or an object, more simple or more complex than heretofore believed?