16th March – 27th April 2022
Warhol In Focus
41-43 Maddox Street, London, W1S 2PD UK
Our new solo exhibition ‘Warhol in Focus’ brings together some of Andy Warhol’s portraits, and begs the question: what does a Pop artist like Andy Warhol and a Baroque painter such as Sir Anthony van Dyke have in common? The answer is simple…each was the leading court painter of their age.
Certainly, the 1970s ‘court’ of Manhattan was a far cry from the 17th-century Royal Court, however the members of this modern-day court were just as eager to commission the top living artist to capture their likeness. Over two decades, Warhol created portraits for many of New York’s socialites and elite, not to mention an impressive collection from the Studio 54’s guest list of international rockstars, actors and glitterati.
This commission of husband and wife, Marcia and Frederick Weisman, is a perfect example of Warhol’s status as the artist to the modern-day court of America’s high society. Frederick was a corporate tycoon and Marcia a renowned society beauty and the sister of the revered industrialist and art collector Norton Simon. Throughout their marriage, this power couple built a formidable art collection of their own and were great patrons of Andy Warhol’s work, posing for these portraits in 1975.