Curatorial Alchemy

Our paths first crossed, unknown until many years later, at an intimate yet bustling wedding reception in a south Chicago apartment. This was probably 30 years ago, perhaps even the same year a new gallery, Torno Wright, opened at the end of my street to a fanfare of Eames, heralding new changes to come. Criss-crossing breezes of chance encounters, meandering spirits, hazy focus of time and space, of enthusiasm and knowledge sought, now united again in the same city.

That same serendipity, prompting impulse and discovery, guided welcome reward in the crucible of that great industrial city, still littered with the artefacts of the American mid-century. It was within this uneven yet fertile terrain, hidden slightly below surface, that Patrick’s intuitive talent—honed first as photographer then embellished as artist—would treasure the valuable neglected as passionate collector, and then as the inspirational dealer that I was to meet again, years later in New York City.

If asked to select one word to describe Patrick, I would resist and pick two. The first would be curiosity—a fundamental essential, to stimulate inquiry and rigour in all things, both great and small, of any era or region, type or surface. Even the most fleeting survey of this selection for sale is a celebration of innovation and of inspiration—an unerring eye for the unusually exceptional, or perhaps the exceptionally unusual. The chances are, that these are indeed discoveries that you have not yet realized that you needed to make.

Mentor, would be my second word. If artefacts and objects articulate visual, cultural and historic language, then the fluency of skillful mentorship—to guide, nurture, describe and explain—releases the eloquence of murmuring histories. In this capacity Patrick is that most earnest and sincere of excellent narrators. If ever I had friends, clients or colleagues visiting New York looking for unusual inspiration, there was always the certainty that Patrick’s gallery would offer them a glimpse of the hitherto unseen or the unusually seductive, always with the reassurance of the most fascinating story waiting to be told.

Mentorship and curiosity, when balanced in equal measure, reveal the precious alchemy of a curator. And it is the duty of the mature curator to discern and detect, to cultivate change, and from there to pioneer, and to share. Innovation is never static, and the Present is already the Future. Fresh dialogs evolve, energies to be nurtured, opportunities to be guided. Renewed and re-orientated, Patrick now faces fully forward—as benefactor, interlocutor and mentor to a new, inquisitive generation of talented creators, and the quest for discovery rejuvenates.

— Simon Andrews
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Andy Warhol 1928–1987

Born Andrew Warhola in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to an impoverished immigrant family, Andy Warhol became an icon of the Pop Art movement and one of the most prolific artists of his time. Though he suffered from physical ailments throughout childhood, he went on to study fine arts at the Carnegie Institute of Technology and shortly thereafter moved to New York in 1949. His career in commercial illustration took off creating whimsical designs for Glamour, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and The New Yorker magazines. In the early 1950s, he began exhibiting his work in the city and received his first solo show at the Hugo Gallery in 1952 featuring his earliest depictions of actress Marilyn Monroe.

The 1960s ushered in a wave of his iconic work pioneering the dialogue between high and low art. His screen printed, painterly images established his reputation commenting on popular culture with subject matter including celebrities, politics, advertisements, and parties. In 1964, Warhol rented a studio that became known as “The Factory” where his work was mass produced by a team of assistants. During the middle of the decade, Warhol focused on filmmaking and performance art, creating approximately 600 films. He later collaborated with musicians including The Rolling Stones and The Velvet Underground, published several books, produced televisions shows, and founded Interview Magazine in 1967. After experiencing a near-fatal shooting at The Factory, he became more reserved and his body of work shifted into commissioned portraits, and in his final years he focused on religious subject matter. Andy Warhol died in New York City in 1987 after facing postoperative complications.

A few years following his death, The Andy Warhol Museum was opened in Pittsburgh and in 2002 Warhol’s achievements were honored with an 18-inch stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service.

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Auction Results Andy Warhol

ANDY WARHOL, Campbell's Soup II Portfolio (F. & S. II.54-63) | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Campbell's Soup II Portfolio (F. & S. II.54-63)

estimate: $100,000–150,000
result: $168,000
ANDY WARHOL, Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn) | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn)

estimate: $40,000–60,000
result: $131,000
ANDY WARHOL, Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn) | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn)

estimate: $40,000–60,000
result: $118,750
ANDY WARHOL, Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn) | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn)

estimate: $40,000–60,000
result: $106,250
ANDY WARHOL, Beethoven | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Beethoven

estimate: $40,000–60,000
result: $87,500
ANDY WARHOL, Shoes | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Shoes

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $81,250
ANDY WARHOL, Total $11.95 | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Total $11.95

estimate: $40,000–60,000
result: $81,250
ANDY WARHOL, Mao | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Mao

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $69,600
ANDY WARHOL, Beatle Boots (Negative) | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Beatle Boots (Negative)

estimate: $70,000–90,000
result: $68,750
ANDY WARHOL, Muhammed Ali | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Muhammed Ali

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $61,200
ANDY WARHOL, Alexander The Great | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Alexander The Great

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $57,500
ANDY WARHOL, Joseph Beuys | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Joseph Beuys

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $54,000
ANDY WARHOL, Flowers | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Flowers

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $52,500
ANDY WARHOL, Flowers | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Flowers

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $51,250
ANDY WARHOL, Liz | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Liz

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $50,000
ANDY WARHOL, Flowers | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Flowers

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $48,750
ANDY WARHOL, Flowers | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Flowers

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $47,500
ANDY WARHOL, Flowers | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Flowers

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $45,000
ANDY WARHOL, Muhammad Ali | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Muhammad Ali

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $45,000
ANDY WARHOL, Mick Jagger | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Mick Jagger

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $43,750
ANDY WARHOL, Flowers | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Flowers

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $43,750
ANDY WARHOL, Chicken 'n Dumplings (from the Campbell's Soup II portfolio) | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Chicken 'n Dumplings (from the Campbell's Soup II portfolio)

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $43,750
ANDY WARHOL, Flowers | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Flowers

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $41,250
ANDY WARHOL, Flowers | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Flowers

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $40,000