ARTIST ROOMS

Andy Warhol Alexandre Iolas 1972

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Artwork details

Artist
Andy Warhol 1928–1987
Title
Alexandre Iolas
Date 1972
Medium Acrylic paint and silkscreen on 2 canvases
Dimensions Support: 1017 x 1017 x 29 mm
support: 1017 x 1017 x 27 mm
frame (each): 1097 x 1088 x 70 mm
Collection
Acquisition ARTIST ROOMS
Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
Reference
AR00230
Not on display

Online caption

Alexandre Iolas, Warhol’s friend and New York gallery owner, gave him his very first solo exhibition in the summer of 1952 (‘Andy Warhol – Fifteen Drawings Based on the Writings of Truman Capote’). In this portrait-diptych Warhol has deliberately smudged the screenprinted images on both canvases so that Iolas seems little more than a ghost peering vulnerably through the blurred marks. Following the success he achieved in the 1960s, Warhol developed friendships with several other art dealers including Bruno Bischofberger, Thomas Ammann, Leo Castelli and Ivan Karp. In the 1970s he painted a series of their portraits.

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