Andy Warhol, ‘Andy Mouse Complete Portfolio’, 1986, Revolver Gallery

Keith Haring’s Andy Mouse series – depicting Andy Warhol as an utterly cool, larger-than-life cartoon mouse – is a fitting homage from one Pop artist to another. Warhol and Haring shared a fascination for icons of Americana. Haring grew up drawing Mickey Mouse in his notebooks and dreaming of working at Disney, while Andy wanted to be Walt himself. He once stated that his favorite character was Minnie Mouse – “Because she can get me closer to Mickey.” By portraying Andy as a Mickey-like figure, Haring elevates his subject to American icon status; an ubiquitous piece of culture as commonplace and recognizable as Disney and the dollar bill. The work is considered highly significant in Haring’s oeuvre, well-regarded for its bold graphics, complex composition, sense of humor and postmodern references to Pop iconography.

Signature: Signed in pencil.

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