Andy Warhol, ‘Dollar Sign by Andy Warhol’, 1981, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Dollar Sign by Andy Warhol’, 1981, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Dollar Sign by Andy Warhol’, 1981, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Dollar Sign by Andy Warhol’, 1981, Revolver Gallery

Title: Dollar Sign $
Medium: Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen inks on canvas
Year: 1981
Size: 15 3/4 x 13 1/4 in.
Edition: stamped with the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board stamp and numbered twice A103.004 (on the reverse)

Andy Warhol created his Dollar Sign $ painting as a commentary on the commodification and commercialization of high art. Warhol, who started his career in advertising, was very open about how much he loved money. He once stated that “making money is art, and working is art, and good business is the best art.” Warhol painted a light pink background to emphasize the bold red dollar sign, further accentuated by its green base. Warhol’s Dollar Sign is all a celebration of dollar, an exclamation of his love of money, and a trivialization of what people considered art in a highly commercialized culture.

Signature: Stamped by the Andy Warhol Authentication Board

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

Group Shows

2016
New York,
Art Basel Miami Beach
2015
Gagosian - Jason Ysenburg, 
NY,
Art Basel Miami Beach 2015
2015
Gagosian - Freja Harrell, 
New York,
Miami Basel 2015
2015
Gagosian - Jason Ysenburg, 
NY,
Art Basel 2015
2015
Gagosian - Rysia Murphy, 
Gagosian - Rysia Murphy at SP-Arte 2015
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