Even at the height of his success, the great pop artist never refused private committees. We meet the man hunting down these masterpieces including depicts of Trump Tower that Donald rejected
” I can be demonstrated you my recent buy, which I’m very proud of ,” says Paul Marechal, the world’s foremost collector of what snobs might refer to as Warhol ephemera- two copies of instances, pamphlets, signs and book embraces commissioned by companies and patrons. Marechal is adamant that they are ” works of art “. He beats out his phone and indicates me a photograph of a posting for Mademoiselle, a defunct Conde Nast publication (” The Magazine for Smart Young Women “). It’s a crimson, grey and blue-blooded delineate of the US, hand-drawn, with potatoes in Idaho, movie reel and grapes in California and a Statue of Liberty in New York.
Marechal’s sees belly with passion as he describes how he found it for sale at a little auction house in Connecticut.” I’ve known only three examples of this poster. Two of them are currently in private collecting in Texas ,” he interprets. It was a snip at $4,000( PS3, 000 ), and will shoot up in value once he contributes it to the catalogue raisonne of Warhol’s commercial study that he has spend the past two decades compiling.
A dapper French Canadian in his early 50 s, Marechal, whose day job is curating skill for “owners corporations” in his native Montreal, owns more than 700 such patches. They include Christmas cards for Tiffany, copies of Interview magazine- which registered for bankruptcy this month after a nearly 50 -year run– and a medical booklet on rheumatoid arthritis peculiarity an ink describing of a gnarled hand. At the Picasso Museum in Malaga, where we meet, a large Warhol retrospective aspects more than 150 pieces from his collection, the largest group ever to go on public display.
Marechal started collecting in 1996. At the time, he says, Warhol’s reputation was in a kind of limbo.” Art historians and collectors didn’t know much what to do with his job- was he just a society portrait painter, an artist who composed two or three famous artworks, but the remain was uninteresting? So in the early years, I could buy anything, I had no competition .” That soon altered, however, after Marechal began to publish records of what he had acquired, building a market in his wake.