Friday, October 13, 2017

Andy Warhol’s "Sixty Last Suppers" at auction on November 15th

Andy Warhol's Sixty Last Suppers, 1986. Synthetic polymer and silkscreen ink on canvas. 116 x 393 in (294.6 x 998.2 cm). This work is offered in the Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sale on 15 November at Christie's in New York
NEW YORK---Andy Warhol’s Sixty Last Suppers (1986) is an outstanding example from the artist’s great final painting series. Executed near the end of his life, the monumental piece — the largest painting by the American Pop artist ever to come to auction — takes up the themes of religion and loss that were so key to his work. The idea for a group of works based on Leonardo’s Renaissance masterpiece was proposed to Warhol in 1984 by Milan-based gallerist Alexander Iolas. In all, Warhol would make over 100 different renditions of the Last Supper, and in Sixty Last Suppers, Warhol both celebrated Christianity and injected new life into religious art, charging it with contemporary currency. [More]