With his deadpan sense of humor, Andy Warhol once described himself and his work as “deeply superficial.” However, that belies the undercurrent of his art: finding beauty in the mundane, society’s consumption of products and celebrity, and the fleeting nature of life.
During his prolific career he repeated themes, one being butterflies — perhaps being inspired by their majestic allure and short life span. In 1983 he did a series of paintings of endangered animals, including a purple silkscreen of the San Francisco Silverspot butterfly. That painting is the inspiration behind the Bulgari Andy Warhol necklace: 18-karat rose gold with diamonds, amethyst, rubellite, peridot and tourmalines.
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It’s part of Bulgari’s Wild Pop High Jewelry collection, epitomizing the audacity and extravagance of the ’80s. Nicola Bulgari and Warhol were contemporaries with a special bond. The luxury house pays homage to their rule-breaking spirit, which continues to inspire today — and is anything but superficial.
Price upon request. Bulgari, 140 Northeast 39th Street, Suite 127, Miami; 305-576-6506; bulgari.com.