If Polaroid was the Instagram of the 70s, then Andy Warhol was the Master.
The Andy Warhol Foundation and Christie’s are partnering to auction off 60 of the icon’s Polaroid photos, many which show the natural world and not celebrity culture he’s known for.
Andy Warhol Foundation’s Instagram account announce the project,
“The 60 unique photographic works were each chosen for their ability to transport the viewer to better days, conveying the splendor of being outdoors and the simple pleasures associated with human interaction.”
Images will include snapshots taken of rolling waves, a portrait taken with art curator Henry Geldzahler, and even portraits of Warhol’s beloved dachshunds Amos and Archie.
Michael Dayton Hermann of the Warhol Foundation said in a statement that the auction’s timing is particularly important because it reminds people that
“you need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you.
This unique sale focuses on works which celebrate Warhol’s uncanny ability to draw attention to the inspiring artistry of ordinary life.”
Proceeds from the sale will go toward an emergency relief fund for artists who have been hard hit by the effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The photographs are expected to draw bids in the tens of thousands, and the project is linked to the hashtag #BetterDays.
Andy said in ’85,
“A picture just means I know where I was every minute. That’s why I take pictures. It’s a visual diary.”
A single self-portrait of Warhol hidden in the shadows is estimated to sell for $15,000 to $20,000…. or more.
Bidding began April 28 and will go through May 6 here. You can check out all of the images here.
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#BetterDays The Warhol Foundation is excited to collaborate with Christie’s on an online-only sale featuring original photographic works that highlight Warhol’s ability to capture the beauty of ordinary life. Proceeds from the sale will support the Foundation’s ongoing effort to provide emergency relief to artists throughout the US at this time of crisis. The sale will be open for bidding from April 28 – May 6 and is now open for browsing (link in bio). . The 60 unique photographic works were each chosen for their ability to transport the viewer to better days, conveying the splendor of being outdoors and the simple pleasures associated with human interaction. “You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you,” said Andy Warhol. Michael Dayton Hermann, Director of Licensing, Marketing and Sales at the Warhol Foundation selected the works in coordination with Christie’s and said, “We are delighted to work with Christie’s to enhance the Foundation’s ability to continue to invest in society when it needs it most. This unique sale focuses on works which celebrate Warhol’s uncanny ability to draw attention to the inspiring artistry of ordinary life.” . First image: Andy Warhol. Self-Portrait with Henry Geldzahler, unique Polaroid print mounted on board, c. 1979. ©The Andy Warhol Foundation. . Second image: Andy Warhol. Ocean View, unique Polaroid print, c. 1975. ©The Andy Warhol Foundation. . . . #WarholFoundation #Warhol #AndyWarhol #Art #Philanthropy #Photography #Polaroid #PhilosophyFriday @christiesinc #Christies @michaelhermann #SimplePleasures #Beauty #Nature #Oceanview #forsythia
It’s #AndySunday on The Wow Report. Take a tour of Warhol’s massive exhibit at the Tate London and find out how a check Warhol wrote for $50 changed the course of modern art.
P.S. When Andy was around, you know where you could find him most Sundays? The 26th Street flea market. He was fixture. All the vendors knew him and you’d see him a lot.