Andy Warhol, ‘Edward Kennedy 240’, 1980, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Edward Kennedy 240’, 1980, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Edward Kennedy 240’, 1980, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Edward Kennedy 240’, 1980, Revolver Gallery

Title: Edward Kennedy 240
Medium: Screenprint with Diamond Dust on Lenox Museum Board
Year: 1980
Size: 40″ x 32″
Edition: Edition of 300, 25 AP, 3 PP, 10 HC which are trial proof variations, 15 TP, 1 TPPP, signed and numbered in pencil.

Andy Warhol created this portrait of Edward “Ted” Kennedy to raise funds for Kennedy’s 1980 democratic campaign for president.
Although Kennedy didn’t go on to win the Democratic nomination, despite high expectations, he continued to pursue politics and became known as The Lion of the Senate. Warhol’s silkscreen portrait invokes patriotism by incorporating the colors of the American flag. Red and blue lines enhance the Kennedy’s features while diamond dust provides a glamorous effect. The image of Edward Kennedy comes from a Polaroid taken by Andy himself. Warhol used these Polaroid photographs to help create and inform his large-scale portraits of celebrities and pop culture icons. This particular print has a special provenance, as it was owned by Ted Kennedy and displayed in home. The work comes accompanied by a letter from Kennedy's wife stating its provenance.

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

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Andy Warhol: Shadows, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao
2015
YES!YES!YES! WARHOLMANIA IN MUNICH, Museum Brandhorst, Munich
2015
Andy Warhol: Little Red Book #178, Frye Art Museum, Seattle
2015
Warhol by the Book, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown
2013
Andy Warhol, Brant Foundation

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Andy Warhol: Shadows, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao
2015
YES!YES!YES! WARHOLMANIA IN MUNICH, Museum Brandhorst, Munich
2015
Andy Warhol: Little Red Book #178, Frye Art Museum, Seattle
2015
Warhol by the Book, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown
2014
2014
2013
Andy Warhol, Brant Foundation
2011
Made in Italy, Gagosian Gallery, Rome

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Art Basel Miami Beach, Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art LLC, New York
2016
Los Angeles to New York: The Dwan Gallery, 1959-1971, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Washington
2016
Big Picture: Art After 1945, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle
2016
The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), San Francisco
2016
Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
2016
MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
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