ANDY WARHOL "MONTREUX-DETROIT JAZZ FESTIVAL" SCREENPRINT, 1986
Andy Warhol (1928-1987) is arguably the most important American artist of the 20th century. He not only defined Pop Art but had an unrivaled influence on artists and image-making.
Throughout his impressive career, Warhol actively sought out emerging talent and had a keen eye for recognizing their potential. In recent years Warhol's famous collaboration with Basquiat has been reevaluated and is now cherished. However, most are surprised to learn that Warhol also collaborated with Keith Haring. In the early 1980s, he met Haring and the two quickly established a relationship both socially and to a lesser degree, professionally.
“Montreux Jazz Festival” is their second collaboration, created for the celebration of the festival’s 20th anniversary. Each year the festival commissioned an international artist to create the annual poster that was used for advertising and as a fundraiser. Haring had already designed the poster in 1983.
Warhol's involvement was somewhat accidental; he simply had been visiting Haring's studio at the same time as the festival's head of marketing.
This dynamic poster captures the essence of both artists, thoughtfully fusing their signature aesthetics to create a spirited and lively composition. The poster was a great success because both artists put the emphasis back on depicting music. Warhol contributed the musical staves and Haring filled the spaces with his iconic dancing figures.
This example is the second version of the poster, for the festival's American iteration of the Swiss festival. It took place at the end of August of the same year.
As the Warhol market (as well as Haring's!) continues to gallop to a stratosphere beyond, there are fewer and fewer examples of pivotal works in circulation.
Provenance: the piece comes from the collection of Paul Maréchal, the author of the catalogue raisonné Andy Warhol The Complete Commissioned Posters 1964-1987.
“Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival 1986”
Double signed in the plate
39.25”H 27.5”W (work)
Printer: Albin Uldry, Bern Switzerland
Literature: Andy Warhol The Complete Commissioned Posters 1964-1987 p. 131-132
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