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American Masters

As Frieze New York draws near, we invite you to join Tanya Baxter Contemporary in celebrating the remarkable contributions made by Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Alex Katz to the American art landscape. In anticipation of the upcoming Frieze New York, we are proud to showcase a curated collection that pays homage to the groundbreaking contributions of these visionaries and their enduring legacy.

Tanya Baxter is displaying Andy Wahrhol’s iconic portraits of Queen Elizabeth II. Warhol’s Marilyn broke auction records back in 2017 at 195 million USD. His work continues to consistently be featured in major auctions and shown at retrospectives around the world, increasing the value and sales of his work. Warhol’s has a sales value of 59,070,004 GBP over the last 12 months with an average price of 81,363 GBP. His market growth has shown significant growth in the last 5 years and continues to rise.

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom was originally created in 1985 as part of a portfolio of 16 screen prints on Lenox Museum Board. It is from a limited edition series in which Warhol also featured Queen Beatrix, Queen Margrethe II, and Queen Ntombi Twala. This portrait of the Queen details Warhol‘s playfulness with line and colour while also exhibiting his view on conventional portraiture. Her elegant features continue to be accented by the drawn line of Warhol‘s hand while prominent pixilation of the print details elaborate shading and highlights of the portrait. Queen Elizabeth II broke the global auction record for a Warhol editioned print sold at auction in fall of 2022. The royal blue screen print sold for 1,141,250 USD at Heffel auction.

The striking work "Diamond Dust Shoe" by Warhol displays his obsession with iconic iconography and consumer society. The 1980 piece showcases a brilliantly coloured shoe covered with diamonds, evoking Warhol's investigation of opulence, glitz, and consumerism. "Diamond Dust Shoe" has brought in a lot of attention and sold for a high price in the past. Similar themes and aesthetics may be seen in Warhol's "Diamond Dust Shoes" series, which sold for $6.9 million at a Sotheby's auction in 2018—an amount above its projected value. "Diamond Dust Shoe" is a highly sought-after masterpiece in the field of contemporary art because of the attraction of Warhol's famous imagery as well as the complexity and uniqueness of the diamond dust process.

The dynamic figures, vivid colours, and bold lines that emanate energy and activism are all part of Keith Haring's brilliant tapestry of work. Haring is well-known for his striking use of simplistic but potent symbols, such as dancing humans, barking dogs, and glowing newborns. His work crosses boundaries and addresses issues of social justice, love, and unity that are universal. Prior auction records show that Haring's works have continuously drawn a lot of interest and brought high prices. His enormous artwork "Untitled (Two Dancing Figures)" at Sotheby's in 2019 sold for more than $5.9 million, demonstrating the significance and ongoing appeal of his artistic legacy. Haring continues to have a significant impact on modern art and culture, and his creations never cease to move and inspire viewers worldwide.

Alex Katz, renowned for his distinctive style characterized by bold colors and simplified forms, continues to captivate the art world with his timeless creations. His current auction records, which demonstrate a consistent increase in demand and recognition, attest to the ongoing attractiveness of his work.

Katz's skill at reducing complicated situations into beautiful compositions—which frequently include captivating portraits and tranquil landscapes—resonates strongly with both collectors and art enthusiasts. His works attract more attention and praise at every auction, solidifying his reputation as a modern master whose impact knows no bounds. ‘The Red Band’ , which just fetched £2,439,355 at Sotheby's New York on October 28, 2020, is especially representative of Katz's distinct brand of realism. On October 2, 2019, the most expensive painting by Katz to date sold at Phillips London at a hammer price of £2,800,000.

These three artists serve as a constant reminder of the ability of creativity to inspire, provoke, and bring people together through their varied and innovative works. Join us at Tanya Baxter Contemporary to commemorate these artists in conjunction to Frieze New York in May.