Estimate: HK$80,000 - HK$120,000
ca. US$10,273 - US$15,409
Price realised: HK$187,500
Andy Warhol Chinese Bellhop 《中國服務生》 1982 - 1987 Initialled ‘T.J.H.’ by Timothy J. Hunt of the Andy Warhol Foundation in pencil, estate copyright credit reproduction limitation and date stamps on the verso. Four stitched gelatin silver prints Image: 68.8 x 53 cm. (27 1/8 x 20 7/8 in.) Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed in ink by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
Provenance The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., New York Acquired from the above by the present owner Literature Nicholas Chambers, Michael Frahm and Tony Godfrey, eds., Warhol in China, Germany, 2014, pp. 55, 298 (illustrated) Catalogue Essay “Arrived in Hong Kong, evening. It was hot and muggy, Florida-type weather. Twelve hours’ difference in time, so you didn’t have to change your watch, which was kind of great.” Andy Warhol, quoted in Pat Hackett, ed., The Andy Warhol Diaries, United States of America, 2014, p. 474 Between October 27 to 30, 1982—and a brief stopover on November 6 on his way back to New York—Andy Warhol’s diary entries chronicled a short succession of fleeting but dazzling memories of Hong Kong in the early eighties: “Rolls-Royce and limousines…Mandarin Oriental…Miss America types…private boat…Disco-Disco…exclusive.” The trip, a fantastical smorgasbord of memories filled with socialites and the elite of Hong Kong, as well as excursions around the city, was initiated by Jeffrey Deitch—then part of the art advisory and art finance department at Citibank. Deitch specifically invited Warhol to be part of the inaugural event for Alfred Siu’s exclusive I-Club, a members-only club previously built into the Bank of America tower that featured works by major international artists. What ensued was a four day jaunt around Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, where Warhol’s entourage was privy to an all-encompassing experience of the city: private clubs, hotels, tailors, temples, fortune tellers, discotheques, bars, gyms, manor houses. “I had a suite overlooking the harbour, it was very beautiful…” Andy Warhol, quoted in Pat Hackett, ed., The Andy Warhol Diaries, United States of America, 2014, p. 475 Warhol’s photographs of Hong Kong reflect the frenzied energy that permeates his diary accounts of Hong Kong; accounts which were feverishly written in punctuated, excited short bursts. Some shots are deliberately skewed or cropped: of street signs (Lot 34, 37, 39), of buildings (Lot 36, 37, 39, 40, 42, 43)—as if these scenes were frantically snapped in a hurried ecstasy of energy and wonder. In this way, various renowned locations are eschewed of their fame in a classic Warhol twist: the Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry pier (Lot 35, 36 , 39), Jardine House (Lot 36), the Peninsula Hotel (Lot 37, 39), the Cenotaph (Lot 39), the Bank of China tower (Lot 40), Furama Hotel (Lot 43), and glimpses of the famous Stone Manor (Lot 43, 44). More interestingly, Warhol further obscures and distorts such landmarks as the Mandarin Oriental, where he stayed in Room 1801, by photographing views from its interior looking out onto Hong Kong (Lot 39, 43), and similarly for the I-Club (Lot 40), as well as from within the Stone Manor (Lot 40, 43, 44). These unexpected angles and views from within various sites offer us an intimate look into Warhol as the voyeur, in turn transforming us into the viewer from within his pieces. During his visit to Hong Kong, Warhol kept a South China Morning Post newspaper clipping featuring him, which quoted the artist as having said, “The most exciting attractions are between two opposites that have never met.” In many ways this perhaps deliberately perplexing axiom of sorts is fitting in the case of the present collection of Warhol’s travels in Hong Kong and Beijing: distanced photographer and model, building, and viewer are all opposites that attract but converge in the present works, permitting us an enthralling look into the great Andy Warhol behind his Chinon lens. Read More Artist Bio Andy Warhol American • 1928 - 1987 A seminal figure in the Pop Art movement of the early 1960s, Andy Warhol's paintings and screenprints are iconic beyond the scope of Art History, having become universal signifiers of an age. An early career in commercial illustration led to Warhol's appropriation of imagery from American popular culture and insistent concern with the superficial wonder of permanent commodification that yie
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