24 Oct '15, 2pm

Sole bidder snags #AndyWarhol Flower painting for $1.6 million @Sothebys

are some of the most enduring images from the famous Pop artist and are synonymous with his first show with Leo Castelli in November 1964. In this iconic exhibition the gallery walls were covered in vibrant colourways of a single repeating flower motif appropriated from an article printed in Modern Photography Magazine. Differing in scale and alternating in colour formation – ranging from monochrome black and white through to the exuberant polyphony of red and blue evident in the present work – the Flowers ’ square format allowed Warhol the freedom to display his series in exciting mosaic-like arrangements throughout the exhibition. Significantly, this series represents the culmination of Warhol’s 1960s Pop era; with this exhibition the artist concluded his breakthrough focus on 60s mass imagery, such as Coca Cola and Marilyn Monroe, and announced his ‘retirement’ from the...

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