Jun 08, 2023 - Sale 2640

Sale 2640 - Lot 153

Price Realized: $ 16,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 15,000

Two color screenprints on wallpaper mounted on canvas and joined together as a diptych, 1966. 1125x1440 mm; 44 1/2x57 inches (overall), with the wallpaper sheet edges folded over the wood canvas stretcher. Printed by Bill Miller's Wallpaper Studio, Inc., New York. Published by the artist, New York. Very good impressions with vibrant colors.

Provenance: Likely acquired directly from the artist, New York, by Norman Dolph, New York; thence by descent to the current owner.

Warhol's (1928-1987) Cow color screenprint was published for an exhibition at Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, April 2-April 27, 1966. During this time in mid-April, Norman Dolph was recording the Velvet Underground at Scepter Studios, New York, and the bulk of the songs that would make up their first album, The Velvet Underground & Nico. Warhol and Dolph financed the project and were a driving force behind the album's release in March 1967. Warhol took a more hands-off role in the production (protectively allowing the band artistic free range in the studio) and designed the now-famous banana print cover, while Dolph acted as both a sound engineer and tireless promoter of the recordings, ultimately persuading Verve Records to release the album (Columbia Records, Atlantic Records and Elektra Records all passed on the recordings).

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