Andy Warhol, ‘Committee 2000 (FS II.289)’, 1982, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Committee 2000 (FS II.289)’, 1982, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Committee 2000 (FS II.289)’, 1982, Revolver Gallery

Title: Committee 2000 289
Year: 1982
Medium: Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board.
Size: 30” x 20”
Edition: Edition of 2,000, signed and numbered in pencil.

Andy Warhol created Committee 2000 289 in 1982 to raise money the future projects by the Committee 2000. Exemplary of Warhol’s take on the traditional still life painting, the pop artist used bright colors accented with a multicolor gradient to give the impression of movement. Andy depicted a scene of a party, with fallen champagne glasses and confetti. The brilliant blue, purple, yellow and pink create a scene of excitement and celebration, as if the scene of the artwork is still buzzing with activity. While traditional still life paintings aim to recreate a scene in the most realistic way possible, Warhol’s signature color blocking technique, highly saturated colors, and use of vibrant outlines add life to the still life, giving the impression that the party he depicted in Committee 2000 is happening and allows the viewer to partake in the celebration. Committee 2000 is one of many works that Andy Warhol was commissioned to create, and is representative of the pop artist’s influence on the commodification of high art.

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