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Before and After I

Artist:
Andy Warhol (American, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1928–1987 New York)
Date:
1961
Medium:
Casein on canvas
Dimensions:
68 x 54in. (172.7 x 137.2cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Halston, 1981
Accession Number:
1981.536.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 924
Warhol based this composition on a small advertisement for a plastic surgeon that ran in the National Enquirer in early April 1961, which he had enlarged and projected in order to trace it onto the surface of the canvas-a precursor to the silkscreen technique he pioneered the following year. The work was first exhibited in the window of Bonwit Teller, the Fifth-Avenue department store, in early April 1961 as part of a display that included five other early paintings by the artist.
Inscription: Signed and dated (verso): Andy Warhol 1961
the artist, New York (1961–70); Halston, New York (until 1981; his gift to MMA)

Berlin. Neue Nationalgalerie. "Andy Warhol: Retrospective," October 2, 2001–January 6, 2002, no. 50.

London. Tate Modern. "Andy Warhol: Retrospective," February 7–April 1, 2002, no. 50.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. "Andy Warhol: Retrospective," May 25–August 18, 2002, no. 50.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years," September 10–December 31, 2012, no. 1 (as "Before and After [I]").

Pittsburgh. Andy Warhol Museum. "Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years," February 4–April 28, 2013, no. 1.

Rainer Crone. Andy Warhol. New York, 1970, p. 237, no. 11, colorpl. 65 (installation photo Bonwitt Teller Window Display, New York, 1961), locates it in the collection of the artist.

Heiner Bastian. Andy Warhol: Retrospective. Exh. cat., Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin. London, 2001, pp. 23, 307, no. 50, ill. p. 100 (color), calls it "Before and After" in the text.

Georg Frei and Neil Printz. The Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné. Vol. 1, Paintings and Sculpture 1961–1963. London, 2002, pp. 24, 26, no. 006, ill. p. 24 and fig. 5, call it "Before and After [I]".

Arthur C. Danto in Andy Warhol: The Early Sixties, Paintings and Drawings 1961–1964. Exh. cat., Kunstmuseum Basel. Ostfildern, 2010, p. 24, fig. 6 (color).

Mark Rosenthal in Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2012, pp. 83–84, 288, no. 1, ill. (color).



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