Andy Warhol
Kiku and other Flowers: Unique Silkscreens and Drawings
December 3, 2005 – January 28, 2006
Artist Reception: Saturday, December 3, 5-7 p.m.

Bobbie Greenfield Gallery
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Andy Warhol, “Kiku”, 1983, Unique Screenprint, 22 1/2 x 31 1/8 inches (120B UT.005).
© 2005.  The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Art, Inc.

Bobbie Greenfield Gallery is pleased to announce the Andy Warhol (1928-1987) exhibition Kiku and Other Flowers with the assistance of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.  Included in this exhibition are 9 unique silkscreens and 4 drawings.  
In 1974 there was an Andy Warhol painting retrospective at the Daimaru Department Store, Tokyo. This began a strong relationship between Warhol and Japanese dealers and galleries.  In 1982 a Japanese representative from the Gendai Hanga Center approached Warhol to create prints for the Center.  He especially liked Warhol’s silkscreen suite Flowers (Hand-Colored), 1974 which was based on Japanese ikebana, the art of flower arranging.  For the Gendai Hanga commission Warhol chose the chrysanthemum, the insignia of the Royal House of Japan.  He called this body of work Kiku, which is the Japanese word for chrysanthemum.
Andy Warhol adopted a casual approach to screenprinting, combining conscious intent with accidental results.  The mishaps exploited the mechanical nature of the silkscreen.   By printing with uneven inking and off-registration, he achieved a painterly effect.  The 9 unique Kiku silkscreens show Warhol’s creative process including exploration of different papers as well as various color and compositional variations.
Andy Warhol characteristically separated line from color.  In his graphite drawings, Warhol focused solely on the strong line, which he used to provide the outlines for the flowers, stems and vases that make up the 4 drawings in this exhibition.  Two drawing from 1974 are studies for Flowers (Hand-Colored).  The other two drawings are from the 1980’s.  They have a thicker line and the flowers are placed conspicuously in the foreground.

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