Framing not included
- Edition Size:
- 56.6 x 50.4 cm (22.2 x 19.4 in)
About the Artwork
In 1971 the Tate Gallery in London organized the Andy Warhol retrospective, it was one of the most important and touted shows of the era. One of the centerpieces of the exhibition was the portrait of Marilyn Monroe made in 1964. Warhol created his infamous Marilyn series based on a press photo of the actress featuring her Film “Niagara” from 1953.
"Death means a lot of money, honey. Death can really make you look like star."
Now reduced down to its basic features, the face acquires a greater visual power: the sweet blonde is replaced by a garish icon, a style achieved by the extreme simplification of the portrait, the artificial addition of the vibrant colors and the use of mechanical multiplication obtained from the screen-printing technique.This technique - which Warhol had learned when he worked in the advertising industry- allowed him to construct a modular motif that varied constantly and yet remained essentially the same. Whilst colour plays an obvious role in drawing in the viewer, the ever-present link with death makes itself felt. With Warhol the repetition of the motif often relates to its exhaustion.
About the Artist
Andy Warhol (1928-1987) was an American artist, a leading figure of the Pop Art movement. Using a variety of media materials from photographs up to computer-generated art, Warhol's works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity, culture and advertisement that flourished by the 1960s.