Andy Warhol, ‘Edward Kennedy (FS II.240)’, 1980, Revolver Gallery

The print of Edward Kennedy 240 was produced to raise funds for Kennedy’s 1980 Democratic campaign for President. Continuing his elder brothers efforts in public service, Edward Kennedy ran for the Presidential office in 1980. Andy Warhol produced the portrait of Edward Kennedy in an effort to help raise funds and support for his Presidential campaign. 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. While in office, Kennedy wrote hundreds of bills that were passed and enacted into law. Warhol was known for his love of all things celebrity and glamour.

Along with this silkscreen, Warhol also produced images and works of President Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy. The image of Edward Kennedy comes from a Polaroid taken by Warhol. Warhol would use Polaroid photographs to help create and inform his large-scale portraits of celebrities and pop culture icons.

Signature: Edition of 300, 25 AP, 3 PP, 10 HC which are trial proof variations, 15 TP, 1 TPPP, signed and numbered in pencil.

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