Andy Warhol’s original drawing pictured here has been selected for the cover of a new landmark publication by @taschen : “Andy Warhol, Love, Sex & Desire” edited by @michaelhermann . This delicate, seductive drawing in black ballpoint pen is an absolute joy. A celebration of male beauty that reveals an irresistible intimacy found in Warhol’s early work. Taschen describes the drawings as an evocation of the “sketches of Jean Cocteau and even Matisse: highly distilled and sure of line...”, and I couldn’t agree more.
We have exhibited Warhol's original drawing and it is available for loan to public exhibitions. Please contact us for any enquiries about Warhol's drawing.
Words by Taschen: Before from Warhol’s rise to the pinnacle of Pop Art, he created and exhibited seductive drawings celebrating male beauty. Andy Warhol Love, Sex, & Desire: Drawings 1950-1962 features over three hundred drawings rendered primarily in ink on paper portraying young men, many of them nude, some sexually charged. They lounge or preen, proud of or even bored by their beauty, while the artist sketches them, rapt. They rarely engage with their keen observer, and likewise Warhol’s focus is on their form, their erotic qualities, and unbridled sexuality. If his subjects are content to revel in their attractiveness, so too is Warhol. His confident hand illustrates a multitude of colorful characters, yet also reveals much about this enigmatic artist.
Published for the first time and chosen by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts @warholfoundation . Edited by the Foundation’s #michaeldaytonhermann, essays by @blake_gopnik & @drewzeiba with poems by James Baldwin, Thom Gunn, Harold Norse, Essex Hemphill & Allen Ginsberg. Designed by @mikomcginty.