Warhol began making in screenprints in the late 1960s, a medium that would eventually become his primary vehicle for artistic expression. More than any other medium available at the time, screenprinting was the perfect technique for capturing the essence of Warhol’s work. The ability of a screenprint to be identically reproduced became an essential part of the way Warhol’s art reflected life at that time. The post-war abundance that middle class America experienced in the 50s and 60s created a level of consumption and also homogenization that had never been seen before. Even Warhol’s studio, which he called “The Factory,” paid homage to the mechanization of other products of the day. By using a series of assistants, Warhol likened the production of his art to the production of standard household goods.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have been involved with works by Andy Warhol since 1987, collecting, buying and selling his silk screen prints on paper and canvas, from Marilyn, Tomato Soup, Superman, Andy Mouse, Space Man and one of my personal favorites Life Savers Trial Proof in blue as pictured. Andy Warhol’s famous quote comes to mind “Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art, Making money is art and working is art and working is art and good business is the best art”. Warhol would be proud of himself today, achieving an asset class status like no other. He was certainly prolific and that has only helped to keep a steady auction presence with mostly increasing values. It can be said that if you want a comprehensive Contemporary Art collection including an Andy Warhol is a requirement and with a price range of $10,000-$50,000,000 he can be afforded by most collectors.