Andy Warhol, ‘1.57 Giant Size (F & S II.2)’, 1963, Alden Projects

Warhol's only print listed in the catalogue raisonné that was actually printed by Warhol himself (who screen printed this work).

Series: Few examples were actually sold at the 1963 exhibition, according to Julie Martin who explains further that it was only in 1971 that Heiner Friedrich talked Warhol and Klüver into signing and numbering the remaining (and then, almost entirely unsold) edition. Unique registrations on five differently colored record covers were all issued in 1963. Giant Size is identified as “a unique print,” but also occupies a very special place within Warhol’s oeuvre as a primary, and unique Pop object hand-screened by Warhol himself not long after he first discovered the silkscreen process.

Signature: All examples were unsigned and unnumbered as originally issued, and this is one of the small number of these. 75 examples in different colors were signed and numbered in 1971 at the request of Heiner Friedrich, who marketed them as a Warhol edition. This example, unsigned and unnumbered, belongs to the rare, original issue.

Publisher: Billy Klüver

Published on the occasion of the early Pop museum show, “The Popular Image Exhibition” at the Washington Gallery of Modern Art, Washington. D.C.

“Andy Warhol silkscreened the record covers.”--Billy Klüver

About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York