ANDY WARHOL "KAREN KAIN" SCREENPRINT, 1980
This is an exquisite piece epitomizing two luminous careers -both Warhol's and Karen Kain's.
From 1963 onwards, the majority of Warhol’s work utilized the screen printing medium with a frequent focus on portraits.
From Chairman Mao to Marilyn Monroe, Warhol also added Karen Kain to the slew of celebrities that he immortalized in technicolor.
Warhol was captivated by Kain in the same way her audiences around the globe were for the longevity of her 20+ year career as a principle ballet dancer.
Today, she holds the prestigious role of Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada.
This piece splendidly illustrates the grandeur and delicacy of the ballet through the image being outlined with diamond dust - an expensive and labor-intensive element that Warhol added to only a handful of works.
This portrait is also notable for the pose/depiction of Kain’s delicate hands graciously crossed under her face, an inclusion that is rare in Warhol’s portraits - as most female subjects are depicted from the shoulders-up.
(Warhol's images of Muhammed Ali come to mind - he similarly included the athlete's hands as an essential part of the portrait)
Another interesting element of this work is that it is signed not only by Warhol, but by Kain as well.
Like both of their illustrious and fantastical careers, his piece sparkles and shines.
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Original Color Screenprint with Diamond Dust on Lenox Museum Board, 195/200
Signed and numbered on front by both Warhol and Kain.
32”W 40H” (work)
33”W 41.5H” (framed)