Andy Warhol, ‘$ Boxer Shorts’, ca. 1982, Artificial Gallery

Unique silkscreen on huge, over-sized boxer shorts (sold with a Certificate of Provenance, indicating the work originates from the Estate of Andy Warhol, and thence, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts). "Buying is much more American than thinking and I'm as American as they come. My favorite thing to buy is underwear." (A. Warhol, quoted in A. Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: (From A to B and Back Again), San Diego, 1975, pg. 227). In early 1962, Warhol was trying to transform from a commercial to a fine artist and was looking for an idea to distinguish himself from the other pop artists Roy Lichtenstein and James Rosenquist; who were also basing their works on everyday objects such as comic strips and billboards. Warhol's works at the time consisted of large flat paintings of Coca Cola bottles and comic book characters and his works were neither shown nor sold by any of the New York galleries. Desperate for a breakthrough idea that would distinguish him from his competition, he turned to his friend Muriel Latow who simply said to him: "you like money, you should paint pictures of money" (Andy Warhol: A Documentary, American Masters: Season 20, Episode 6, PBS, 2006). The next day Warhol bought as many canvases as he could carry and painted the money pictures that helped launch his career. He returned to the subject in the 80's, and put the focus on the isolated symbol that denotes the US currency and titled them simply Dollar Sign.

Authenticated and accompanied by a COA from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

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