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Andy Warhol Foundation Online Auction To Benefit Grant Making Programs

13-03-2014
 
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Christie’s has just announced another auction of  Andy Warhol titled, 'Andy’s World', which features more of the artist's work and personal belongings form the Warhol foundation.  This online-only sale gives collectors a glimpse into “A Day in the Life” of one of the most important artists of the 20th century. There are over 150 lots available, including images of Warhol’s friends, New York City, his travels and much more. It will feature approachably- priced artworks with starting bids at $1,500.

This will be the second online only sale in 2014. Amelia Manderscheid, Head of eCommerce for Post-War & Contemporary Art at Christie’s. “This sale presents a rare glimpse into the everyday life of the Pop art master, from his views of New York to his immortalisations of close friends, including many who were famous in their own right. With this sale, we offer the new and seasoned collector alike the opportunity to acquire these moments captured in time.” The sale opens for bidding on Thursday, March 13 and will remain open for competitive bids through Tuesday, March 25. All browsing and bidding is done online, with the click of a mouse or tap of a finger.

Warhol is widely recognized as one of the defining figures of 20th Century art and culture, as well as a philanthropist of extraordinary generosity. As an artist, he unabashedly embraced the populist and the commercial. As a philanthropist, he ensured that his giving would extend past his death by establishing The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, which received almost the entirety of his estate. Proceeds from this sale and all subsequent sales under the partnership benefit the Warhol Foundation’s grant-making programs in support of artists and non-profit arts organisations.

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts was established in 1987. In accordance with Andy Warhol’s will, its mission is the advancement of the visual arts. The primary focus of the Foundation’s grant-making activity has been to support the creation, presentation and documentation of contemporary visual arts, particularly work that is experimental, under-recognized or challenging in nature. The program has been both pro-active in its approach to the field of cultural philanthropy and responsive to the changing needs of artists. A strong commitment to freedom of artistic expression continues to inform the Foundation’s support of organizations that fight censorship, protect artists’ rights and defend their access to evolving technologies in the digital age. Through cooperative exhibitions, loans and permanent placement of work in museums nationwide, the Foundation has ensured that the many facets of Warhol’s complex oeuvre are both widely accessible and properly cared for. In helping to establish the comprehensive collection and study center of The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, the Foundation paved the way for new Warhol scholarship and curatorial innovation. The Foundation’s sustained support and oversight of thoroughly researched, extensively illustrated catalogues raisonnés of Warhol’s entire artistic output continues to expand the possibilities for scholarship about his work.

The Foundation has also used its ownership of the copyrights to Warhol images and trademarks to his name and signature as an opportunity to craft creative and responsible licensing policies that are both friendly to scholars and artists wishing to use Warhol images for educational and creative purposes and profitable to the Foundation when the images are used for commercial purposes. Revenues from licensing agreements add significantly to those earned through the continued sale of work from the Foundation’s art collection, enabling the Foundation to build the endowment from which it makes cash grants to arts organizations around the country. Visit the Foundation’s


Bidding Opens: Thursday, March 13 at 12 p.m. Bidding Closes: Tuesday, March 25 at 12 p.m.
 


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