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New season – New highlights: Andy Warhol ”Ship (Toy Painting)”


Andy Warhol

– ”Ship (Toy Painting)”


Ship was part of the series Toy Paintings (also known as Toy Series), executed in 1983 and commissioned by the legendary art dealer and collector Bruno Bischofberger in Zurich. He had simply asked Andy Warhol to make an exhibition for children. Warhol was quick to respond, he loved the idea, and composed a comprehensive series of 128 paintings depicting monkeys, parrots, dogs, clowns, cars, boats, robots and so on all in unique colour compositions. The artist had found the inspiration for the paintings in his own collection of wind-up mechanical toys. And as Warhol explained a year or so later in an interview in the New York Times, when about a hundred of his paintings were being shown at the Newport Art Museum, “Lots of international toys are included… because a lot of them are the cutest of any I’ve seen”.


› Signed Andy Warhol and dated 1983 on the overlap verso. Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas 28 x 35.5 cm. Estimate 1 500 000 – 1 800 000 SEK.


When the series was first shown at Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, under the exhibition title Children Paintings and Installations (3rd December 1983 – 10th March 1984), the entire show was made as an installation. The walls were covered in distinctive wallpaper created especially for the exhibition, designed by Warhol and with a screen-printed decoration of identical repeating fish. This method of using wallpaper recurred often in Warhol’s work. At his first big museum show outside the USA, a major retrospective exhibition at Moderna Museet in Stockholm in 1968, Warhol had already covered the exterior walls of the museum in his own custom wallpaper of multi-coloured cows. Warhol employed this stylistic technique again for his show at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1971, even if this time he had restrained himself and only covered the interior walls. On several subsequent occasions, Warhol returned to creating wallpaper designs for exhibition walls of museums and galleries. In fact, the last wallpaper he did was for the exhibition in question, Children Paintings and Installations in 1983, which included the toy paintings.





To be sold at Contemporary Art & Design
Viewing October – November 1, Berzelii Park 1, Stockholm.
Open Mon-Fri 11am–6pm, Sat-Sun 11am–5pm.
Live Auction November 2, Arsenalsgatan 2, Stockholm.


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