ANDY WARHOL | WILD RASPBERRIES (FELDMAN & SCHELLMANN IV.126-143)
1928 - 1987
WILD RASPBERRIES (FELDMAN & SCHELLMANN IV.126-143)
The complete book, comprising 18 offset lithographs, 15 with handcoloring, with recipes by Suzie Frankfurt, 1959, inscribed in felt-tip pen on the cover 'To Anita Ellis A.W.', from the edition of unknown size, on laid paper, some pages interleaved with the original fuchsia tissue paper, bound (as issued) in original fuchsia boards (18 prints)
sheets: 435 by 277 mm 17⅛ by 10⅞ in
overall: 447 by 285 by 15 mm 17⅝ by 11¼ by ⅝ in
The prints are in good condition, with bright colors. The sheets with slight rippling caused by watercolor application and some handling creases. Each with time-stain and an occasional tiny nick along the right sheet edge. (An occasional tiny fox mark or spot of stray watercolor throughout. IV.134 with a few small spots of discoloration along the lower sheet edge.) A few sheets with small spots of discoloration and damp-stain along binding from interleaving sheets. The fuchsia boards slightly discolored, with some stains and spots of soiling throughout and some paper losses to the spine and edges.
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Before his emergence as a Pop Art icon, best known for his bold fusion of celebrity and commercialism with mechanical reproduction, Andy Warhol’s body of work was remarkably more whimsical, almost homespun in its aesthetic. One of seven artist’s books produced in the 1950s, Wild Raspberries weds designs after early 20th century representations of imaginative culinary treats with recipes by society decorator Suzie Frankfurt and the calligraphic handwriting of the artist’s mother. The brightly colored pages were painted with Dr. Martin’s watercolors by Warhol and his friends, each example unique in coloration. The book exemplifies Warhol’s early work while simultaneously championing his ideology of anything being art and everyone being an artist.