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Hergé by Andy Warhol - who owns it? Where is it?

midnightblueowl
Member
#1 · Posted: 5 Jan 2006 19:01
At the Tintin exhibition in Greenwich, London, there was a portrait of Herge by the famous pop artist Andy Warhol. Does anyone know anything about it as there is nothing about it in the guide book?
tybaltstone
Member
#2 · Posted: 5 Jan 2006 21:03
midnightblueowl... you're overloading my head with Tintin! (which isn't all together unpleasant...)

There's an amusing retelling of this episode in Bocquet and Stanislas' Adventures of Hergé - Hergé meeting with Warhol - it appears in Drawn & Quarterly 4 (2001).
jb_herge
Member
#3 · Posted: 18 May 2008 08:51
Even having read the larger, definitive Michael Farr guides to Tintin and Hergé, I don't recall ever come across details of Warhol's Hergé silk prints besides their existence.

Are they privately owned or owned by a certain gallery somewhere?
Are there prints available, as is the case with so much of Warhol's work?

Many thanks!
jock123
Moderator
#4 · Posted: 18 May 2008 09:29
I think that there are three prints of the piece, and at least two of them are the property of the Studio.
There is some story I can’t quite remember the details of, about there being a problem with paying for them: a portrait was commissioned for Hergé, and it was sent and paid for; then another one turned up, and that was paid for too, but was a bit of a surprise. Then there was something about a third one, and the Studio decided they had to call a halt to it, otherwise they might never have stopped, and I think that one stayed elsewhere and no more were made.
One was displayed at the Greenwich Maritime Museum during the Tintin at Sea exhibition - not terribly naval, but nice to see!
I’m slightly confused by the bit in your question about are there prints available, as they are all prints to begin with - I take it you mean like a poster or post-card? If so, I don’t believe so.
jb_herge
Member
#5 · Posted: 18 May 2008 19:00
Thanks for that response.
Yes, sorry I meant "print" in the sense of a copy/poster. That's such a pity, I'd love to have my own copy of it, as I am sure many others would too. The Studio may well do well out of releasing posters of it. That said, there may well be copyright complications..?
Anyway, I hope one day I'll be able to hang a poster of one on my wall!

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