Self-Portrait (red), 1965
(image conceived in 1964 and executed in 1965)
Acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen
20″ x 16″
Richard Ekstract, New York (acquired directly from the artist in 1965)
Self-Portrait (red) is one of approximately seven works from this series that were acquired through a trade with Warhol by magazine publisher Richard Ekstract — and then dispersed by him. The Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board rejected these paintings because they were created “off premises” at a silkscreen shop — under Warhol’s approval and supervision — rather than in his studio. It is our belief that determining an authentic Andy Warhol comes down to the artist’s intentions. Given Warhol’s philosophy of detaching himself from the art making process, his relaxed approach to signing his paintings, and his desire to create work by functioning as an art director, Self-Portrait (red) should be considered a genuine Warhol.
It is also significant that one of the paintings from this group of Self-Portraits appeared on the cover of the first Andy Warhol Catalog Raisonné — known as the “Crone” book (published in 1970) — with Andy Warhol’s consent. This painting was owned at one time by Bruno Bischofberger, and later Anthony d’Offay, two of Warhol’s most important dealers. The painting currently resides with Mr. d’Offay in London.