Picasso and Warhol in Beijing

Andy Warhol (l) and Pablo Picasso (r), the most influential artists of the twentieth century.

Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol in Beijing

Art lovers in Beijing flocked to the UCCA Center for Contemporary art last summer to view a retrospective of the works of Pablo Picasso. The show was the first comprehensive exhibit of Picasso’s work in mainland China, and it set new attendance records.

Pablo Picasso
Femme Aux Cheveux Flous, 1962
Linoleum cut
35 x 27 cm
Edition; 29/50
Signed: Picasso in pencil (l.r.)
For sale at Surovek Gallery

The Center for Contemporary Art  focuses primarily on living artists, but the success of the Picasso exhibition led the museum staff to reach out to the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh to arrange a comprehensive show of Andy Warhol’s work.

The aspect of the Picasso show that seemed to most engage the public in China, was the story of the artist and how he attained his style and success.

To that end, the Warhol exhibit will include more than 200 paintings, prints, drawings, films, and photographs, as well as archival materials which illustrate the story of  Warhol’s childhood in Pittsburgh to his success in the art world of New York.

Andy Warhol
Portraits of the Artists, 1967
Screenprint on 100 Colored Polystyrene Boxes in 10 Colors
20 x 20 inches
Edition: 112/200
Signed verso
For sale at Surovek Gallery

The exhibit, simply titled Andy Warhol will be on display from July 3 through October 10, 2021 in Beijing before traveling to the UCCA Center for Contemporary Art in Shanghai in November.

Warhol’s Last Supper to be Auctioned by Baltimore Museum

Like many other American museums, the Baltimore Museum of Art has been closed and struggling during the pandemic.

Andy Warhol
The Last Supper, 1986

In an effort to raise funds, the museum is going to sell Andy Warhol’s iconic Last Supper and two other works by postwar artists. The museum expects to raise $65 million, which it plans to use to create a fund for staff raises, diversity and equity programs, and to boost its acquisitions budget.

In 1984, Warhol was commissioned to create a group of works based on Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper for an exhibition space in the Palazzo Stelline in Milan, located just across the street from Santa Maria delle Grazie, the home of Leonardo’s masterpiece.

Warhol completed the original commission and then, in true Warhol fashion, became obsessed with The Last Supper and created about 100 more works based on the original painting.

The Works of Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol Available at Surovek Gallery

Portrait of the Artists (pictured above), done by Warhol in 1967, available at Surovek Gallery, is another iconic work, that features portraits of Warhol and the other artists who were represented by the famous and influential New York art dealer Leo Castelli.

The work consists of  100 boxes, with ten portraits of each artist. The artists depicted are Robert Morris, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Larry Poons, James Rosenquist, Frank Stella, Lee Bontecou, Donald Judd, Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol himself.

Pablo Picasso
Poisson, 1953
Partially glazed terra-cotta pitcher
8.66 inches
Edition: 500
Stamped and Marked: Edition Picasso/Madoura Plein Feu/EditionPicasso/Madoura
For sale at Surovek Gallery

Please contact us if you would like more information about the works of Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso or any of the other fine art work in the Surovek Gallery.


References:
Taylor Dafoe. Beijing’s UCCA Broke Records With Its Blockbuster Picasso Show. It Wants to Do the Same With the Largest-Ever Andy Warhol Survey in China. artnetnews. October 5, 2020.
Kathryn Hughes. Warhol by Blake Gopnik review – sex, religion and overtaking Picasso. The Guardian. February 22, 2020.
Sebastian Smee. Baltimore Museum of Art hopes to raise $65 million by selling Warhol’s ‘Last Supper’ and two other paintings. The Washington Post. October 2, 2020.
Valentina Di Liscia. Baltimore Museum Will Sell Major Warhol as Part of Equity Initiative. Hyperallergic. October 5, 2020.
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