Andy Warhol, ‘Blackglama (FS II.351) ’, 1985, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Blackglama (FS II.351) ’, 1985, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Blackglama (FS II.351) ’, 1985, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Blackglama (FS II.351) ’, 1985, Revolver Gallery

Title: Blackglama 351
Medium: Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board
Year: 1985
Size: 38” x 38”
Edition: Edition of 5 PP, signed and numbered in Pencil, Portfolio of 10

Andy Warhol created Blackglama 351 for his Ads portfolio in 1985. The Ads portfolio features popular advertising campaigns and logos found in contemporary American culture. Warhol was inspired by Judy Garland’s advertising campaign for Blackglama Fur company that features their slogan, “What becomes a Legend most?” The Blackglama Fur company used well know legends of style and pop in their advertisements to entice the American people to purchase their fur. Some stars featured are Diana Ross, Bridget Bardot, Lauren Bacall, Julie Andrews, Ray Charles and Marlene Dietrich. Judy Garland is most recognized from her role in the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz, but she also starred in major movies, such as Meet Me in St. Louis (1945). Warhol was drawn to these advertisements because they were not merely to sell products but to showcase American pop culture. Also included in the Ads portfolio was the advertisements for Paramount, Apple, and Mobilgas. This portfolio is a favorite among collectors because of the relatable subject matter that has shaped our popular culture for many years and features many household names, such as Ronald Reagan for Van Heusen apparel.

Series: Ads, 1985

Signature: Signed and numbered in pencil.

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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, PA, United States, based in New York, NY, United States