Andy Warhol: Love Sex & Desire

Famous First Edition: First printing of 7,500 numbered copies. Well before Andy Warhol’s rise to the pinnacle of Pop Art, he created and exhibited seductive drawings celebrating male beauty. Andy Warhol Love, Sex, & Desire: Drawings 1950-1962 features over three hundred drawings primarily in ink on paper portraying young men, many of them nude, some sexually charged, and occasionally adorned with whimsical black hearts and delightful embellishments. In style, the drawings evoke the sketches of Jean Cocteau, Ben Shahn, and even Matisse: blithely suggestive within a radical economy of line. The sly voyeurism, meanwhile, is entirely Warhol’s own, and even the most risqué drawings contain a kind of droll humor?a sense of ironic detachment?that would become a Warhol trademark. Warhol was already a successful commercial illustrator when he exhibited some of these at the Bodley Gallery on New York’s Upper East Side in 1956. Underestimating the pervading homophobia of the time, he mistaken...
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