Rare digital artwork by Andy Warhol sells as NFT for $ 870,000 at Christie’s auction house to art collector
NEW YORK, May 28, 2021 / PRNewswire / – This Morning Owner of Revolver Gallery Ron rivlin placed the winning bid for Warhol’s enigmatic Untitled (Self-portrait), which the artist created in 1985 on the Amiga 1000 computer. The digital piece will be added to the collection of the gallery, which Rivlin founded in 2012 with the ambition of bringing together the largest collection of works of art by Warhol. Rivlin’s decision to purchase the work is a tribute to Revolver Gallery’s desire to embrace the digital art revolution, including Andy warhol is not excluded. As the art world evolves and NFTs offer artists a new way to sell their work, Revolver Gallery, which deals exclusively with Warhol’s work, strives to keep pace. Rivlin had this to say about the acquisition:
“This piece is important for many reasons. Warhol has always been an innovator; from its role in the emergence of Pop Art to the popularization of the current technique of screen printing. He was also the first editor of a famous tabloid bestselling magazine, Interview Magazine. Now, when it comes to this Amiga piece of art, he was probably the first “famous artist” to experience computer-generated art. Not to mention that it was a digital “selfie” decades before its time. At the time this work was created it would have been such an alien offering to a collector, but today it is so relevant and worthy of being exhibited in a museum. “
The sale, which accepted payment in Ether cryptocurrency, marks a historic milestone for Revolver Gallery and the Warhol Foundation, which has not published any work since 1987 when Andy warhol past – until now when the Foundation minted five NFTs of Warhol’s original digital art to be auctioned at Christie’s between May 19 and May 27. Warhol created the digital pieces in 1985, which include two self-portraits and a 2D render of the iconic Campbell’s Soup Can, when Commodore International hired him to demonstrate their new Amiga 1000 computer. In a live demonstration, Warhol used the computer to illustrate Debbie harry, the image of which was captured by a video camera, which Warhol then painted on his computer screen. Warhol also experimented with digital media at his own pace. The works were lost on an obsolete floppy disk, but were recovered in 2014 by Cory Arcangel, as well as members of the Carnegie Mellon computer club and the Andy Warhol Foundation.
Interestingly, the restoration of digital works led many to consider Warhol as the first commercial artist to experiment with digital art. This claim, along with the works themselves, extends Warhol’s already massive impression on the history of art media to new heights. Warhol’s enormous catalog cuts across a wide range of genres and media. Even in 2021, during the mind-boggling NFT boom, Warhol’s legendary persistence keeps him relevant and only further underscores the impact of the pop artist.
“The NFT art sales seem to overshadow what’s most important: the artwork itself. Even though it had been auctioned off as a print version of the actual artwork, I still have it. would have purchased, but love that it was depicted and processed in the medium it was created in. An original digital file of a work of art composed by Warhol in an era when personal computers and software were both archaic and elemental. I have to say I think his effort was crowned with success. I am proud to show it off and have it in our collection. “
The work reached a final sale price of $ 870,000, a small price to pay for such a remarkable piece. Ron rivlin and the Revolver Gallery are proud to add a digital piece to the gallery’s ever-expanding collection, which houses over 250 original works.
Revolver Gallery is a showcase gallery located in West Hollywood, California, and houses the largest collection belonging to a gallery of Andy warhol works of art. Revolver Gallery is committed to preserving and educating Andy Warhol’s the work and its significance in the history of modern and contemporary art. In addition to owning the gallery, Ron rivlin orchestrated one of the most profitable NFT sales at $ 4.14 million with the Phillips auction house in April 2021, when Mad Dog Jones made history as Canada’s most expensive living artist.
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“Untitled (Self-portrait)” by Andy warhol
The iconic self-portrait produced by Andy warhol in 1985 on his Amiga 1000 computer.
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