An unknown Andy Warhol...


The Anton Kern Gallery in Chelsea, New York, is now presenting the exhibition "Andy Warhol: 1950s Deawings": 150 never-before-seen works signed by Warhol. It's a series of drawings on paper, done between the end of 1940 and 1960, mostly in ink and pencil, to prove the endless possibilities of the line. Although the exhibition shows a different artist, these drawings let us see the first hints of Andy's Pop Art.
Female head, Unicorn and flowers, by Andy Warhol (1957)
Technique: ink and graphite on paper / Measures: 61 x 54.9 cm
The drawings on display show how Warhol portrayed the world before his eyes, specially magazine ads. That's were we can see his skill to "icon-ize" everything, specially what was presented to encourage consumption or the media as creators of idols through their images.
Hand With Flower,  by Andy Warhol (1955)
Technique: Black ballpoint on Manilla paper / Measures: 42.5 x 35.6 cm
Female Head with Rose In Mouth (Kiki de Montparnasse), by Andy Warhol (1957)
Technique: Ink and graphite on paper / Measures: 20.6 x 17.8 cm
The woman in the drawing above is Alin Prin (France, 1901-1953), the model inmortalizad by Man Ray in her Ingres' Violin, also known as Kiki de Montparnasse. The drawing was inspired by the photo below, in which she posed for a magazine in the 20s as symbol of French bohemia.
Vista de una sala de la galería Anton Kern: la modelo Kiki de Montparnasse y, sobre su foto, los dibujos de Andy Warhol
These drawings (found on a warehouse at the Andy Warhol Foundation between 2011 and 2012) show the artist's skill to produce a figure with just a couple of lines. A few strokes are necessary when there's a lot of talent, as it can be seen in this work by Amedeo Modigliani, which belongs to the MNBA.

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