Retrospectives and Reverals by Andy Warhol


Bob Colacello:

"... Andy swung to the other extreme with his next big series of paintings [after the Shadow series]: the Retrospectives and Reversals of 1979. Like the aging Giorgio de Chirico, he [Warhol] plundered his own past, cynically dragging out his old silkscreens from the sixties - a nightmare every Warhol collector had always feared. Then he inked the Soupcans, Marilyns, Electric Chairs, and so on across the canvases prepainted by mop, some in combinations of varous famous images (Retrospectives), others in negative of their famous originals (Reversals). Some were shown the following year at the Bruno Bischofberger Gallery in Zurich and the Daniel Templon Gallery in Paris. The two dealers, as usual, paid Andy in advance, probably splitting the $800,000 that Fred had set as the minimum for an Andy Warhol series. That was the amount the Michael Zivian Gallery, in New York, paid for the Space Fruits series it commissioned and exhibited in May 1979." (BC429)

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