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)
Daniel Templon Gallery, Paris
Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York
Aldis Browne Fine Arts, Venice
Richard Polsky Works of Art, Santa Monica
Lang & O’Hara Gallery, New York
Joe Simon, London
This particular Self-Portrait is from Richard Ekstract’s original group of approximately seven commissioned examples. It is significant to note that it bears an authentication signature from Fred Hughes, Warhol’s highly esteemed business manager. When Warhol died, in 1987, Hughes, along with long-time office manager Vincent Fremont, took on the task of authenticating Warhol’s work. Inundated with requests, they eventually formed the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board (both Hughes and Fremont recused themselves from it).
Richard Ekstract originally commissioned this group of red Self-Portraits directly from Warhol, in an agreed upon trade, that was undertaken in good faith by both parties. The story of their execution is complex but completely in keeping with the artist’s working methods. What is relevant is that these Self-Portraits were created from acetates provided by Warhol, screened by a printer of his choice who followed his directions, examined by him, and approved by him. This collaborative process was consistent with Warhol’s philosophy of making art. It is our opinion that Andy Warhol intended for this group of seven Self-Portraits to be part of his oeuvre.