"Mao" Original Screen Print after Andy Warhol, 2011
An original screen print on museum board by Sunday B. Morning after American artist Andy Warhol (1928-1987) titled "Mao", 2011. Very high quality handmade screen print with Sunday B Morning blue stamp: "Fill in your own Signature" on verso. Sheet size: 33.5" x 29.5". Mint condition. Comes with Certificate of Authenticity directly from Sunday B. Morning.
History of Sunday B. Morning and Andy Warhol:
The origin of the name “Sunday B. Morning” remains a mystery. It’s rumored that it might have derived from Sunday Belgian Morning but who knows? Much is unknown of early Sunday B. Morning.
What is known is that after Andy Warhol published his famous “Factory Editions” of Marilyn, Flowers and Campbell’s Soup Cans, he began collaborating with two anonymous friends from Belgium in 1970 on a second series of prints. The original idea behind this partnership for Warhol was to play on the concept of mass production. Andy loved to comment on this phenomenon through his art. The black ink stamp “fill in your own signature” was inspired by mass production’s impact on modern culture. The thought was, ‘here we just mass-produced these prints; sign your name here. Any name will do. Because yours is as important as my own.’ The new prints were exacting in detail to the Factory Editions and so Warhol was essentially mocking the idea that the Factory Edition prints were somehow more important than these new prints.
At some point, talks between Warhol and these Belgian friends began to fall apart. Maybe he had second thoughts about how this project might impact the market for his Factory Editions but no one knows the details. Regardless, it’s clear that he had a change of heart, but by this time, he had already handed over the photo negatives and the color codes used to produce the prints and the Belgians had already taken them to Belgium to begin printing.
And print they did! They published editions of 250 of Marilyn, Flowers, Campbell’s Soup Cans and Campbell’s Soup Cans II. Their work looked exactly like the Factory Editions�and why wouldn’t they? These prints were created with exactly the same tools and methods Andy Warhol himself had used for the original Factory Editions.
Important note: The original Sunday B. Morning editions from the 70s are noted and recognized in Andy Warhol Prints, Catalog Raisonne’ Book.
When the Sunday B. Morning editions were first released in 1970, Andy Warhol was not pleased. He had tried to stop production but could not. Because he had handed over the tools for the prints to be published, filing a suit would have been difficult. So when he periodically ran across a Sunday B. Morning print, Warhol would sign them “This is not by me. Andy Warhol” to express his ironic dissatisfaction. This of course only made the prints more sought after, especially the ones he signed in defiance.
Today, the black ink Sunday B. Morning prints are very rare, as many did not survive the test of time. Sunday B. Morning began publishing the prints again, after many years, in the late 90s and they continue to publish Marilyn, Flowers, Soup Cans as well as Golden Marilyn, Mao and Dollar editions today. All these prints are also stamped – now with blue ink – on the verso with “fill in your own signature” and “published by Sunday B. Morning”. While ownership of Sunday B. Morning has changed hands a couple times, the prints are still published by the same print shop in Belgium, using the same printing process they’ve used since their inception.
There are many publishers are out there who have tried to reproduce these impressions, but none come close to the integrity of a Sunday B. Morning. This is because only Sunday B. Morning possesses the photo negatives needed to create silkscreens exactly like the ones Andy Warhol used for his Factory Editions. Andy Warhol himself gave two Belgians the tools to create Sunday B. Morning, much to his later chagrin. Why he never made an attempt to challenge their use of his art work remains a mystery to this day.
Andy Warhol ( born Andrew Warhola; August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987) was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture, and advertisement that flourished by the 1960s. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became a renowned and sometimes controversial artist. The Andy Warhol Museum in his native city, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, holds an extensive permanent collection of art and archives. It is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to a single artist.
Warhol's art used many types of media, including hand drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, silk screening, sculpture, film, and music. He was also a pioneer in computer-generated art using Amiga computers that were introduced in 1984, two years before his death. He founded Interview magazine and was the author of numerous books, including The Philosophy of Andy Warhol and Popism: The Warhol Sixties. He managed and produced The Velvet Underground, a rock band which had a strong influence on the evolution of punk rock music. He is also notable as a gay man who lived openly as such before the gay liberation movement. His studio, The Factory, was a well known gathering place that brought together distinguished intellectuals, drag queens, playwrights, Bohemian street people, Hollywood celebrities, and wealthy patrons.
Warhol has been the subject of numerous retrospective exhibitions, books, and feature and documentary films. He coined the widely used expression "15 minutes of fame". Many of his creations are very collectible and highly valuable. The highest price ever paid for a Warhol painting is US$105 million for a 1963 canvas titled "Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)". A 2009 article in The Economist described Warhol as the "bellwether of the art market". Warhol's works include some of the most expensive paintings ever sold.
UNFRAMED: HEIGHT: 33½ in | WIDTH: 29½ in
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