Andy Warhol, ‘$ 1.57 Giant Size’, 1963, Wright
Andy Warhol, ‘$ 1.57 Giant Size’, 1963, Wright

This work is from the first state of the edition of an unknown size published by Billy Klüver, New York to coincide with the Popular Image Exhibition at the Washington Gallery of Modern Art, Washington D.C., 18 April - 2 June 1963. In 1971, Warhol signed and numbered 75 examples form the edition at the request of dealer Heiner Friedrich.

Andy Warhol Prints: A Catalogue Raisonne, Feldman and Schellmann, pl. II.2, pg. 58

Castelli Gallery, New York | Private Collection, Saint Paul, MN

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