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Despite the indulgences the subject represents, this work was created with philanthropic motivations: It was created for the Committee 2000 in Munich, Germany where funds were generated for arts-related initiatives that would be realized leading up to the new millennium.
“Committee 2000” is a perfect emblem from Andy Warhol’s ultra-glamorous period during the last days of disco. Created in 1982, during Studio54’s heyday, it is likely that the confetti-strewn champagne glasses were photographed in the legendary night club, Warhol’s favourite New York City haunt.
Considered as a “modern day still life” the Polaroid photograph from which the screenprint is derived, has become an iconic image that reveals Warhol’s practice and process during the 1980’s. The unique photographs and subsequent prints, represent a more personal statement compared to his other iconic “factory-made” imagery pulled from existing sources. His hand and choices are revealed raw behind the camera as he aestheticizes the subjects (both human and object) that intrigued him.
Andy described the Committee as the “’2000’ [sic] people – it’s a club of twenty guys who got together and they’re going to buy 2000 [sic] bottles of Dom Perignon which they will put in a sealed room until the year 2000 [sic] and then open it up and drink it and so the running joke is who will be around and who won’t.” (A. Warhol, quoted in P. Hackett, The Andy Warhol Diaries, New York, 1989, p. 361)